Guarantee pest control, Bowling Green, Ky., Is working to raise 10,000 boxes of cereal for schools and students in need this month.
In its fourth year, the cereal drive is part of Guarantee’s mission to “create a culture of caring”. From October to December, the business focuses on love and coming back to community.
“These are the months when the world seems to keep going, and the people who need love the most are being overlooked,” said India Unseld, head of the Guarantee office.
This includes schools whose pantries were depleted during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why November is focusing on collecting cereal to fill about 22 elementary, middle and high school kitchen shelves in Allen, Barren, Warren and Cumberland counties.
“We hope to restock them for a few years,” Unseld said.
Guarantee’s cereal drive began in 2018 after a representative from a local nonprofit told the company that cereals were flying off the pantry shelves.
“It’s something kids can eat without milk, and it always fills them up,” Unseld explained. “It’s easy to fix if they’re home alone. “
The number of Guarantee collections has grown steadily since 2018, when employees collected 3,238 boxes of cereal. In 2019, they collected 4,483 boxes and in 2020, they collected 6,193.
“Our desk was stacked, and that was the best feeling,” Unseld said.
This year’s goal is 10,000 boxes, and Guarantee is seeking help from the outside community to expand its reach and help schools in as many needy counties as possible. Those interested in donating can send cereal boxes or funds to support the cause to Guarantee Pest Control, 860 Lain Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101, or Venmo Company Owner Jimmy Blankenship @ Jimmy-Blankenship- 3. The funds will be used to purchase grain.
Unseld said if there were any boxes of cereal left over after donating to schools, Guarantee would turn them over to a local nonprofit that supports the homeless population. However, the company’s goal is first to ensure that schools in need are well supplied.
“We’re really getting closer to our goal,” said Unseld.