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2014

DHSMV “Stuffs the Chargers” To Help Feed Florida Families

stuffedcharger~Driving forward to end hunger~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— What do Thanksgiving turkeys and Florida Highway Patrol cars have in common? They are both “stuffed” to feed Florida families for the holidays. In the case of the cars (known as Chargers), they were stuffed last week as part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) inaugural “Stuff the Charger” food drive.  Each DHSMV location across the state spent the past few weeks collecting non-perishable food items to help feed Florida families during the upcoming holiday season. Last week, the donated food was loaded into Florida Highway Patrol Chargers and delivered to local food banks.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the employees of the Department who took it upon themselves to conduct this statewide food drive to help their local communities,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “The ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive was a huge success and reflects the generosity of the men and women who work at DHSMV.”

Over three (3) 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
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers
  • Feeding South Florida’s, Pembroke Park and West Palm Beach
  • Manna Food Bank, Pensacola

The Department reminds everyone to drive safely this Thanksgiving holiday, traditionally a busy travel period on our highways. Get plenty of rest before setting out for a long trip and always use your seatbelt. Follow all speed limits, bearing in mind that traffic congestion may require driving more slowly. Never drink and drive and remember, eating a big meal tends to cause sleepiness and drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. For more safety tips, go to www.flhsmv.gov.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.