TC Cherry elementary kids help friends fight food scarcity

2nd annual cereal drive to benefit BGISD & WCPS kids

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the 2nd year in a row, kids in one Bowling Green city school have rallied together to help feed their peers in need. 

Kids at TC Cherry lined their hallways Monday morning to look at the whopping 2780 cereal boxes they’re donating to their classmates.

Guarantee Pest Control of Bowling Green office manager India Blankenship said, “We’ve been blessed to partner with TC Cherry for the last two years. This year Allen County has also jumped on board, so we’re gonna do a cereal drive there at Allen County tomorrow. We’ll do a domino effect there.”

This year, the school asked the students to make a goal to donate 1500 boxes, but knowing the food they raised would go to some of their own friends, motivated the children to surpass that goal.

TC Cherry teacher Ann Bolin helped coordinate the drive with Blankenship. Bolin said, “Children are so funny because the first week we had maybe 100 or 200 boxes. The second week, we started out with people bringing in 200 or 250.”

2nd grader Avery Lawrence donated 720 cereal boxes, “To help people eat food…. It was really fun. And I was excited.”

The nearly 2800 cereal boxes will go toward Bowling Green Independent Schools’ and Warren County Public Schools’ Family Resource Centers… heading right back to the students who need them. 

BGISD Family Resource Coordinator Jennifer Shoemake said, “We do have a backpack program that we send some in, and then, Thanksgiving we give food boxes, so we include that as an extra snack to have on hand and breakfast. Then, also during the long Christmas break, we make sure and get it out to the families in need.”

The students say they’re already looking forward to next year!