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April 26, 2016 12:00 AM

The Stuff the Cruiser food drive will be back on May 7 this year, when Border City residents are encouraged to donate food items that will be stuffed into police cars and hauled down to the Salvation Army Food Bank. Pictured from last year's event is firefighter and event volunteer Katherine Farina.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Stuff the Cruiser is back and this time with some new features to make it a little more fun.
Stuff the Cruiser is a joint effort food drive between the Lloydminster RCMP, fire department, city peace officers and WPD Ambulance,  in conjunction with the Lloydminster and District Co-op, the Real Canadian Superstore and Safeway, with all food donated going to the Salvation Army food bank. 
“Last year we had great success with it and it’s something that we were very pleased with,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger, media spokesperson with the RCMP.
“We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of the public and how much they were just willing to give to support our food drive and help the local food bank.”
Kirzinger also said organizers had no frame of reference for the 2015 event, being that it was the first one, but he estimates close to 9,000 lbs. of food was raised.
It was something the folks at the food bank were extremely excited about, he said, and definitely shocked as to the sheer volume raised.
This time around Stuff the Cruiser will take place on May 7, and to liven things up there will be a fire truck and police cruiser for the kids to check out.
Citizens on Patrol will also be hosting a barbecue at the Lloydminster and District Co-op site for hungry donators to take advantage of.
Other sites people can go to help stuff cruisers are Safeway and the The Real Canadian Superstore.
“You can come down and get the groceries from those grocery stores, or if you have something already set up you can just bring it and put it in our cruiser and we try and stuff them as full as we can,” said Kirzinger. 
“Then our colleagues are going to take that to the food bank.”
It’s always a focus of the RCMP to be involved with the community, Kirzinger said, and helping out the Salvation Army is a fantastic way to do just that.
Given the economic times there has been a prolonged and added strain on the charity’s resources, so Stuff the Cruiser is an especially welcomed boost to its inventory.
“You always want to be able to improve on what you did the previous year and we would like to have the same amount again,” said Kirzinger.
“So we just want to encourage everybody to help us make that a reality.”

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