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Stuff a Police Car for a Good Cause: Fill a Cruiser Food Drive Rolls July 1

June 25, 2022, 5:15 PM HST
* Updated June 25, 2:40 PM
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The second annual “Fill A Cruiser Food Drive” will take place Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kona Costco parking lot.

A collaborative effort between Hawai’i Police Department’s Kona Community Policing Section, Costco of Kona, the Food Basket Inc., and KAPA Radio personality Tommy Ching, the “Fill A Cruiser Food Drive” will help provide food to island residents in need.

Police will have a marked police cruiser parked in front of Costco where members of Costco and the general public can donate nonperishable food items.

All donated food items will then be distributed to the Food Basket, who will in turn provide it to residents of Hawai‘i Island in need.

“During the Covid-19 lockdown we really saw an increased need for food assistance from our local community and kupuna,” said Kona Community Policing Officer Dwayne Sluss.

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“The management and staff of the Kona Costco also realized the major need for this event and how it would positively help our community. With their assistance, we created the first “Fill A Cruiser Food Drive”, which was very successful with people donating 4,053 pounds of food and $1,381.83 in donations for the Food Basket,” added Sluss.

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He noted that while COVID restrictions have eased, food insecurity among island residents has not.

“I hope everyone will take a small amount of time and effort to come and donate to the food drive,” he said.

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