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Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

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City of Little Rock contributes more than 17,000 boxes of cereal to drive

LITTLE ROCK (June 28, 2017) – City of Little Rock employees contributed 17,731 boxes of cereal in the THV11 Summer Cereal Drive. The original total of 16,536 grew after the Little Rock Police Department made a final delivery.

The THV11 Summer Cereal Drive supports the Arkansas Foodbank’s efforts to fight hunger, especially during the summer months when many children don’t have access to the meals they normally get at school.

City departments were competitive for a cause bringing in cereal or cash donations where every dollar could buy one box of cereal through the Foodbank.

Good-natured ribbing among department heads spurred competition. During a staff meeting after the drive ended June 22, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner bemoaned having to give up the title for being the top collecting department in 2016 to Fire Chief Gregory Summers.

Two of the city’s largest departments, LRFD and LRPD contributed 7,235 boxes and 3,251 respectively. Among the small departments the Finance team collected 1,266 boxes.

The Foodbank’s 2017 goal was 500,000 boxes. In 2016 a record 330,000 boxes of cereal was donated, feeding children throughout Central and Southeast Arkansas all the way through February. Over the past 16 years THV11 and the Arkansas Foodbank – in partnership with local businesses, groups, and schools – have been able to provide more than 2.4 million boxes of cereal to Arkansas kids and their families. The City of Little Rock is proud to be among those partners.

The Foodbank will announce winners of the drive – those who contributed the most – during a special breakfast on July 14.