RCMP officers and volunteers are getting ready for the fourth annual Cram the Cruiser event Saturday at Cooper’s Foods in Lake Country.

RCMP officers and volunteers are getting ready for the fourth annual Cram the Cruiser event Saturday at Cooper’s Foods in Lake Country.

RCMP Cram the Cruiser

The fourth annual RCMP Cram the Cruiser fundraiser is Saturday in the parking lot of Cooper’s Foods in Lake Country

Mounties are aiming to cram even more cruisers full of much needed donations for the Lake Country Food Bank.

Officers are once again gearing up for the fourth annual RCMP Cram the Cruiser fundraiser Saturday in the parking lot of Cooper’s Foods in Lake Country. The event will run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Both regular and auxiliary members of the RCMP, along with RCMP volunteers, will be on location in regular uniform or red serge with marked police vehicles, inviting the public to Cram the Cruiser with non-perishable food donations,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Cash donations will also be accepted and all donations will benefit the Lake Country Food Bank.

Members of the Lake Country Fire Department will serve chili and a bun for a donation to the food bank. All of the food supplies are being donated by Campbell’s Soup and Cooper’s Foods.

Since its inception three years ago, Cram the Cruiser has raised more than 5,800 pounds of donated items, and just over $7,500 for the food bank.

“The new location of the Lake Country Food Bank building is nearing completion, and we want to do our part in filling its shelves with food for those in need this holiday season,” said O’Donaghey.

In years past, police officers, volunteers and firefighters have asked Cooper’s Foods shoppers to consider adding an item or items to their grocery list for the local food bank to help Cram the Cruiser.

Cooper’s Foods will again have pre-packaged bags for the food bank available in store, which are typically filled with canned soup, beans, vegetables, tuna, as well as packages of noodles, and boxes of pasta for a discounted price of $5 each.

Of course members of the public are also welcome to bring their non-perishable food donations from home.

Everyone who contributes with a donation of any size will be given the opportunity to enter their name into a draw for prizes donated by Lake Country and Kelowna businesses.

So far, prize sponsors this year include the Kelowna Rockets, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, West Kelowna Napa Auto Parts, and L’Isola Bella Bistro.

Sponsors for Cram the Cruiser include Cooper’s Foods, the Lake Country Calendar, Nor-Val Rentals, and Okanagan Portable Signs.