Sheriff’s office completes Pack-A-Patrol-Car effort, donating 6,000 pounds of food

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and its employees delivered 6,000 pounds of donated food to Love Chapel’s Food Pantry and the Salvation Army on Tuesday as part of the Pack-A-Patrol-Car food drive.

“I want to thank everyone who donated, as well as businesses that allowed us to be at their facility collecting items and to the sheriff’s office employees who helped deliver the items,” said Sheriff Matt Myers.

“During my tenure as your sheriff, BSCO has had a very successful community outreach program, but Pack-A-Patrol-Car may be the one of which I am the proudest,” he said.

The drive has been held each year since 2015, with the exception of 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

This year, donation boxes for the drive were located throughout the community and deputies, correction officers and civilian staffers collected donations at several locations.

BCSO Capt. Dave Steinkoenig said there were so many items donated at the end of the drive that the donations far exceeded a patrol car and were packed into a large trailer for Wednesday’s delivery.

Myers thanked Lt. Kaleigh Morey, who works in the corrections division, for chairing the 2022 food drive.

“Although this is the final Pack-A-Patrol-Car during my tenure, I hope it is a tradition that will continue for years to come,” Myers said.