Michigan State Police and Kroger team up to feed 200 families

Holiday meals to be distributed this week by MSP

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Each meal donation will feed a family of four to six and includes a turkey and "traditional sides," per Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP.

Each meal donation will feed a family of four to six and includes a turkey and "traditional sides," per Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP.

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This week, 200 Thanksgiving meals provided by Kroger are expected to be distributed to families in central and southeast Michigan identified to be in need by Michigan State Police Community Service Troopers partnered with local schools and organizations.

The move to donate meals was announced by police in a Monday press release, explaining each donation will feed a family of four to six and includes a turkey and "traditional sides."

"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," Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs head of the Midwest region for The Kroger Co. said in the release. "Over the past five years, we have been able to donate more than 900 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need with our Michigan State Police collaboration."

"We are thankful to our partners at MSP for helping us identify families in need during the Thanksgiving Season," Hurst continued.

Participating MSP posts include Lansing, Jackson, Monroe, Brighton, Metro North, Metro South, Flint, Lapeer and Tri-City.

"We are especially grateful to Kroger for providing Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of Michigan families in need," Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP, said in the release. "Our troopers look forward to safely delivering these meals each year."

"I will continue working with anyone to ensure the MSP has the resources they need to effectively protect and serve our communities,"  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in the release.