Residents have begun donating their boxes of cereal for a great cause.

Cereal Counts is Dutchess County's annual boxed cereal drive that helps supply children and teens with breakfast food during the summer. Many children in our area depend on breakfast provided by schools, but when school is out for the summer many of those children cannot access area schools.

The goal of Cereal Counts is to get boxes of cereal into the hands of those children, teenagers and adults who need breakfast food over the summer. The drive begins this week, and anyone who would like to donate boxes of cereal can drop them off at the Hudson Valley Community Center at 110 Grand Avenue in Poughkeepsie through May 6. Donations can be made from 9am to 8pm every day except Sundays, when the Community Center closes at 5pm.

All of the cereal collected will be delivered by volunteers to area food pantries on Sunday morning May 6.  Recipients of the donated cereal include

  • 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

For more information on Cereal Counts you can visit their official event page on Facebook.

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