On Saturday, June 13, 32 Division’s Neighbourhood Officers, Constables Ricardo Burke and Omar McDoom, teamed up with the Loblaws Real Canadian Superstore at Dufferin Street south of Steeles Avenue, to promote an event called Cram-A-Cruiser.
The goal was to collect enough non-perishable food items to fill up a police cruiser, which would then be donated to a local food bank.
Donations were crammed into police car 3207, which was parked out front of the Real Canadian Superstore with signage to indicate the purpose of the challenge. Within three hours, the car was filled with non-perishable food items by patrons who added specific food request to their shopping lists. The entire cruiser and trunk was filled with food items, leaving only the driver’s seat accessible.
A total of 951 pounds of non-perishable food, which will benefit many people in need throughout the City of Toronto, was donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank.
Superintendent Sam Fernandes said the effort was a community-police partnership.
“This initiative was an impressive example of community partnership and the benefit of relationship building. The Cram-A-Cruiser concept is a result of networking with our business partners,” Fernandes said.
The Loblaws Superstore also the sponsor another 32 Division CRU initiative, the Fresh Start Cooking Program, which gives the opportunity for young people to learn culinary skills while building meaningful rapport with their mentor officer.