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The Cereal4all cereal drive started in 2016 while we were volunteering at Boca Helping Hands, which is an amazing local charity that offers food and job assistance to less fortunate families in our community. While packing pantry bags at their food bank, we always noticed there was a shortage of cereal for the bags due to a lack of breakfast donations. Like most kids, cereal is one of our favorite foods, so the lack of cereal made us concerned because we know cereal makes kids super happy and helps them start out their day in a positive way.
We couldn’t stop thinking about all the kids and families in our community who weren’t getting to enjoy the unique happiness of cereal. That’s when we had an idea. Let’s start a cereal drive at our school! We wrote a proposal and presented it to our school’s student government. It was a simple, fun proposal. Over one week, students would bring in cereal boxes to their classrooms. Those boxes would get donated to the food bank for distribution in the pantry bags. The classroom who donated the most boxes would win a cereal party as a reward. Our student government teachers loved the idea. So did our amazing principal. So we put the idea into action.
In three years, the cereal drive has grown from one school to seven incredible schools in Boca Raton. That’s because Boca students care a lot about helping others. The Kindness Matters 365 afterschool clubs were amazingly helpful too! The kindness of the students in their clubs helps the cereal drive be such a huge success. In 2019, the drive collected over 2,700 boxes of cereal! Plus, General Mills donated an extra 2,500 boxes in honor of the drive! The popularity of Cereal4all is proof that there is no better feeling than making a positive difference in somebody else’s life. We hope even more schools join the drive next year.
Jett and Luke