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​DUTCHESS COUNTY ​ Boxed Cereal Food Drive
April 8 - May​ 6, 2018
NEW MAIN COLLECTION SITE THIS YEAR:
Hudson Valley Community Center: 110 Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie 9AM-8PM EVERY DAY EXCEPT SUNDAY (9AM - 5PM)

Summer is coming. Together, we can reduce breakfast hunger.

Dear friends,

CEREAL COUNTS, our county annual boxed cereal drive each spring is a recipient of both county legislature and state senate citations, a reflection of your efforts to reduce breakfast hunger in our county.

Every summer, children and teens in food-insecure homes may lack breakfast food. Some students cannot get to area schools serving free breakfast in the summer or go hungry on weekends. Right here in Dutchess County, there are children, teenagers and adults of all ages who will need breakfast food this summer. Breakfast hunger is real. Breakfast hunger is intolerable.

It's March and though it may seem early, we want you to have the drive dates and related information in advance of the CEREAL COUNTS! 2018 drive which will start in early April. We need your help. This spring - once again - we can work together to collect and donate breakfast cereals to support our neighbors in Dutchess County this summer.

CEREAL COUNTS 2018! From Sunday April 8 to Sunday May 6, please drop off a box, two or three to our NEW COLLECTION SITE, THE HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER AT 110 GRAND AVENUE IN POUGHKEEPSIE, ANY DAY, ANYTIME BETWEEN 9AM-8PM (EXCEPT SUNDAYS 9AM-5PM).

On Sunday morning May 6, volunteers will count! pack! and load up a truck full of your cereal boxes. During the week of May 7th, all boxes will be delivered to:
Dutchess Outreach/Beverly Closs Food Pantry
Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers
Community Action Partnership for their pantries in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Red Hook and Dover
Reach Out Family Worship Center in Hyde Park
Hudson River Housing/Gannett House
Morse Magnet Elementary School Food Pantry
Interfaith Senior Housing Tower and the
Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry
Amazing that we all can do this, right?

Also, if possible, please consider running a simple "mini-drive" in advance of or during the drive and drop off the boxes anytime during the drive. In the past,mini-drives have been hosted by our terrific government offices, public and private schools, businesses, faith organizations, karate teams, drama groups, various civic groups and more! Just decide on dates that would work for you to have a mini drive, post a sign, email and/or give out a flyer to notify of your mini-drive (if you like, you can edit/use our attached one!) to invite people to donate a box. Leave out a carton or bag for them to drop off their boxes (handy decoration flyer attached!). And if you like, feel free to hand out our breakfast fact sheet (also attached, great for schools!) What a difference we all can make.
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Breakfast supports physical and mental health. It is indeed, an essential meal of the day. Thanks to you -- each spring, pantries and food distribution sites throughout our county are better stocked with boxes of cereal that reduce breakfast hunger throughout the summer. Every box counts. Every box makes breakfast meals. Every box makes breakfast real.

Nancy and Dave S.