WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to it, are holding a food drive on Saturday outside of the Big Y in Wilbraham.

In preparation before Thanksgiving the Hampden District Attorney’s Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit collected donations that will eventually go to those in need. A police van was parked outside of the Wilbraham Big Y from 10 a.m. to 1p.m and staffed by members of the State Police Detective Unit, and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. Shoppers dropped off an abundance of food products to donate all morning. For the district attorney and state police this means an indispensable act of kindness.

“In a small way, trying to give back in this time of extraordinary need. We’re just here trying to do our part for a larger cause,” expressed Hampden District Attorney’s Office Spokesperson, James Leydon.

In past years, thousands of items of food have been delivered by Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and dozens of Massachusetts State Troopers in Massachusetts State Police vehicles on the morning before Thanksgiving. The Donations are donated to Rock 102’s Mayflower Marathon, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office. Last year they had enough donations to fill a whole police van.

The annual Mayflower Marathon will conclude on 10 a.m. on Wednesday from outside the South End Market at MGM Springfield, where their goal is to fill three 48-foot trailers with non-perishable food donations. The food raised will then fully go towards the open pantry, a non-profit organization helping feed everyone, and especially those with challenges who may be needy come the holiday season.

“Every year the outpouring of generosity is overwhelming, and we are hoping for the same this year. Once again, members of my Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit have stepped up to lead the drive benefitting Rock 102’s Mayflower Marathon, which in turn benefits the Open Pantry. Please look for us outside the Wilbraham Big Y this Saturday and donate to a very worthy cause,” Gulluni stated.

“We received thousands and thousands of donations. The outpouring is usually overwhelming especially a day like today, its a little cool out here, but the sun is out and we’re gonna see people streaming in and out of here, and hopefully looking to fill the van once again,” concluded Leydon.

A marked State Police van was stationed out in front of the Big Y in Wilbraham on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and staffed by members of the State Police Detective Unit.