MSP, Kroger partner to feed area families this holiday season

Michigan State Police Troopers Nicole Dhooghe, Katelyn Hammond and Steven Kramer load Thanksgiving food donations for Genesee County families at the Grand Blanc Kroger. Photo by Lania Rocha

Michigan State Police Troopers Nicole Dhooghe, Katelyn Hammond and Steven Kramer load Thanksgiving food donations for Genesee County families at the Grand Blanc Kroger. Photo by Lania Rocha

GRAND BLANC — The Michigan State Police and Kroger partnered to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 200 families in central and southeast Michigan.

Meals were distributed to families identified by state police Community Service troopers through collaboration with schools and organizations.

Monday, Nov. 23, troopers picked up 20 meal boxes from the Grand Blanc Kroger for distribution throughout Genesee County.

“We are committed to ending hunger in the communities in which we live and serve,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for the grocer.

“Our goal to donate three billion meals by 2025 with our Zero Hunger/Zero Waste social impact plan takes partnerships across the state to achieve. We continue to partner with the MSP to help us identify families in need during the Thanksgiving season and look forward to another year helping to provide hope during the holiday season.”

Participating state police posts included Lansing, Jackson, Monroe, Brighton, Metro North, Metro South, Flint, Lapeer and Tri-City.

“We are especially grateful to Kroger for once again providing Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of Michigan families,” said Col. Joe Gasper, state police director.

“Community service is an important part of our mission and continues even in these challenging times. Our troopers look forward to safely carrying out these deliveries and helping neighbors in need.”

Each meal fed a family of four to six and included turkey and traditional side dishes. — L.R.