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Friday, February 3, 2023

FLHSMV kicks off month-long ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) have kicked off the annual “Stuff the Charger” food drive, which will run through Wednesday, November 30.

The annual food drive is a statewide effort to support local communities in the fight against hunger. Throughout the month of November, FLHSMV will collect non-perishable food donations for food banks across the state.

“Each year, I am humbled by the amount of generosity and kindness shown by all who support our annual ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.

During last year’s food drive, over 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected and delivered to food banks across Florida to help those in need, according to FLHSMV.

“We are proud to continue this tradition to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our fellow Floridians,” added Rhodes.

Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, stated, “Help your fellow Floridian enjoy a meal this holiday season. Make a difference in your community by donating to our annual ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive. Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida, and with your help, we can provide those in need with critical food donations.”

FLHSMV is partnering with a network of local organizations that have the collective goal to deliver much-needed food and educate the community in the fight against hunger.

During the food drive, the following items are needed:

  • Canned goods: canned meats, vegetables, fruits, and soup.
  • Dried goods: stuffing, boxed potatoes, rice, cornbread mix, grits, cereal, and oatmeal.
  • Other goods: nuts, peanut butter, evaporated milk, bottled water, and broth.

Donations for the “Stuff the Charger” food drive will be accepted through the end of November at any Florida Highway Patrol Station. Marion County residents wishing to make a food donation can bring their contributions to the FHP Station located at 600 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.

FHP will be hosting events and accepting non-perishable food donations at each troop headquarters across the state, including at the FLHSMV General Headquarters in Tallahassee.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website or contact a Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer in your area.