LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ludlow Police Department hosted a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Ludlow Veteran’s Food Pantry on Saturday.

The drive took place at the Ludlow police station from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Ludlow Police are collecting non-perishable food items for those in need.

All canned and non-perishable foods that are collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and half of the collections will be donated to the Ludlow Veteran’s Food Pantry.

With the help from members of the police force and some of the athletes on the Ludlow High School varsity basketball team, hundreds of donations were collected from community members throughout the morning.

Ludlow Chief of Police Danial Valadas told 22news, “This is our third annual food drive. When I became chief I wanted to do something to collect donations during the holiday period. We are actually starting out Toys for Tots as well in December, especially this year, as things are expensive and families are in need.”

Residents and community members are encouraged to donate what they can this holiday season. You can find out how to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts here, and for the Ludlow Veteran’s Food Pantry head to Ludlow Town Hall between 10a.m. and 2p.m.