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This Year's FHP Thanksgiving Food Drive To Help Needy Families, Hurricane Victims

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Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' website

The “Stuff The Charger” Thanksgiving Food Drive is underway. It’s a way for the Florida Highway Patrol to collect food donations for needy families as well as recent storm victims.

Partnering with food banks across the state, Florida Highway Patrol Captain Jeff Bissainthe says his agency will be accepting non-perishable food donations at each of their troop headquarters.

“We’re asking people to bring canned food items or dry goods, such as a canned meats, canned sweat potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, or dry goods—such as stuffing, rice, grits, and oatmeal—and other food items such as nuts, evaporated milk, and broth.”

And, this year’s third annual food drive is a bit different than in years past. In addition to helping Florida’s needy families, it will also assist victims of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.

“I mean there’s so many people that were affected from the Hurricanes. You know, we just wanted to reach out to more people. You know, we just know there are so many families that are out there that are in need, and we just wanted to try to reach as many people as we can, especially those affected by the tragic hurricanes.”

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s website.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.