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Cereal for Summer collects thousands of boxes of cereal to help feed hungry kids

There are still a few ways left to donate!

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — 10 Tampa Bay’s Cereal Celebration day is officially in the books! And the Cereal for Summer drive has been a success thanks to donations from people like you. 

Our station and Feeding Tampa Bay spent Friday collecting cereal and other breakfast food items at two Publix stores to help kids from going hungry this summer.

So far Feeding Tampa Bay estimates enough cereal has been collected to provide nearly 2 million meals. And you can still donate cereal at Sonny’s BBQ restaurants throughout the weekend or online here.

Local law enforcement agencies showed up with trucks full of cereal for kids, including nearly 4,000 boxes donated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and community partners.

The Tampa Police Department also rolled up to make their donation in style with a truck carting in a massive amount of the breakfast goods. 

The Clearwater Police Department also dropped off 500 boxes worth of cereal this morning to help make a difference in the community it serves.

Everyone's favorite hockey mascot even took a break from 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff preps to make an appearance.

If you missed out, don't worry! There are still some ways you can donate to the cause. Collection boxes will remain at participating Sonny's BBQ restaurants throughout the weekend. Click here for a full list of places you can donate, including Sonny's locations.

There is also the option of supporting Feeding Tampa Bay by donating here if you cannot make it out for any of the remaining donation windows.

Plus, Publix has BOGO cereal going on through May 19, so it’s a great day to shop for your family and help others at the same time.

RELATED: Cereal for Summer: How you can help feed children around Tampa Bay this summer

One in four children in Tampa Bay doesn't know where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding Tampa Bay. 

And as our community continues to be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the need for food donations is greater than ever. Kelley Sims, chief development officer at Feeding Tampa Bay says, during the pandemic, 68 percent of people who sought help from Feeding Tampa Bay’s pantries “never needed food relief in the past.” 

Last year, COVID-19 forced 10 Tampa Bay and Feeding Tampa Bay's annual Cereal for Summer drive to go virtual. 

Despite having to shift the event online, the program brought in enough cereal to provide 667,000 meals.

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