DHSMV collects 39 tons of food for families

~ “Stuff the Charger” food drive provides more than 65,000 meals ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) held its third annual “Stuff the Charger” food drive last month and has announced that it collected more than 39 tons of food in the effort. The donated food was loaded into Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Chargers, delivered to food banks across the state and is estimated to provide more than sixty five thousand (65,000) meals to those in need.

“The ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive was extremely successful and truly reflects the generosity of DHSMV members as well as Florida communities,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “It is my sincere hope that this year’s donations will allow families to focus on enjoying the holidays rather than worrying about whether or not they will be able to have a holiday meal. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped the department make this possible.”

Statewide, DHSMV offices collected non-perishable food items to help feed Florida families in need this holiday season and who were affected by Hurricane Hermine and Hurricane Matthew in other areas. FHP troops also partnered with local grocery stores and held several events across the state to encourage on-site donations.

“The donations received will have a positive impact on many families in need,” said Colonel Gene L. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Making a difference in the lives of others, especially during the holiday season, is a reflection of FHP’s commitment to service.”

Over thirty nine (39) tons of food was collected during the event and distributed to the following locations:

  • America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Tallahassee
  • Family Service Agency, Panama City
  • Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers
  • Feeding South Florida’s, Pembroke Park and West Palm Beach
  • Manna Food Bank, Pensacola
  • FarmShare, Jacksonville