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By Madeline Coats
Editor, Mill Creek Beacon 

Eagle Scout collects boxes of cereal for local families


Last updated 1/2/2020 at 12:13am

Jared Berks’ Eagle Scout project was to collect 200 boxes of cereal to support the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. So far, however, the 13-year-old has accumulated more than 1,100 donations from friends and relatives across the country. 

The 1,100 boxes equates to 11 weeks of breakfasts for local families. He had cereal mailed to him from Texas, Utah, California, and Georgia.

“There is pretty much no stop to the cereal,” Berks said. 

Berks was volunteering at the Mill Creek Community Food Bank when he noticed the serious lack of cereal being provided to families. He learned that the food bank goes through 100 boxes each week. 

“An idea sparked and I decided to do a cereal drive for the food bank for my Eagle Project,” Berks said. “Not just because I enjoy cereal, but so people could enjoy a nice breakfast.” 

Berks said this project has made him realize his ability to take on a challenge. This opportunity has allowed him to communicate with the food bank manager, a store manager, and lots of community members and donors.  

“I don’t think we are counting any more, especially since I’m kind of sick of the cereal invading our house,” he said. 

If people still want to donate cereal, they can take it to the food bank, Mill Creek YMCA, or City Hall. 

The eighth grader from Centennial Middle School started Cub Scouts at 8 years old and then Boy Scouts at 11. After the conclusion of his project, Berks will complete a board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.


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