In 2001, De La Salle High School launched its first Cereal Drive. Since then, we have donated more than 3,000 boxes of cereal annually to local charities as a way to help address food insecurity in Contra Costa County.
Each year, our Cereal Drive is woven into the teachings of various classes as part of our overall approach to Service Learning. In Religious Studies, the Lasallian Core Principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice is discussed. In Science, students look at the various nutrients in breakfast cereal and test for the presence of genetically modified crops. Students have also researched the prevalence of food deserts and the connection between obesity and hunger in the United States.
In recent years, we have distributed all of our cereal donations through the Monument Crisis Center in Concord. However, other partner organizations have included St. David’s Pantry in Richmond and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
Our 2023 Cereal Drive ran from September 25th through October 20th. In total, students, faculty, and staff collected more than 2,000 boxes of cereal as well as more than $800 in financial donations. With this gift, the Monument Crisis Center was able to support more than 1,000 families in Contra Costa County.