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Cheerio! Bank of the Sierra Donates to Cereal Drive

July 25, 2019

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, in partnership with Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital, started their Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive in the middle of June. The timing of the drive was not by accident. Many families with children depend on school meals to help make ends meet. During summer vacation from school, those families can find themselves short of food and money when those meals are no longer available.

Bank of the Sierra employees in our five San Luis Obispo County branches – located in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach – pooled their money together in an effort to purchase a considerable amount of cereal to donate to the drive. The employees compiled a total of $300, which roughly amounts to a $10 donation from each employee. Upon seeing such generosity from its employees, Bank of the Sierra decided to match their contribution, doubling the donation to a grand total of $600.

Mark Bernal, VP and Branch Banking Administrator, made a run to his local Costco in San Luis Obispo to purchase $600 worth of Cheerios. Costco staff understandably thought Mark was joking at first, but after a little convincing, he was able to load his pick-up truck with around 200 Cheerios boxes. Staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center were overjoyed at the donation.

Our five SLO County branches are already planning to make donations to the cereal drive an annual event, and hope to double the amount donated in 2020.


Bank of the Sierra and hospital staff pose next to donated Cheerios.
Representatives of both Bank of the Sierra and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center show off a portion of the $600 worth of Cheerios donated as part of a cereal drive.


A pick-up truck with $600 worth of Cheerios in the back.
In case you’ve ever wondered, this is what $600 worth of Cheerios looks like!

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