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Cayuga/Seneca CAP Cereal Collection a Success Thanks to Law Enforcement Help


What began as a summer cereal collection by the Cayuga/Seneca Community Actions Program turned into a friendly competition amongst the county’s law enforcement started by Seneca Falls Police Department’s Clerks Allison Archer and Sheryl Spano. This collection brought in over 1,600 boxes of cereal and breakfast items to help curb the critical need to fight against child hunger this summer break.

Community Action Program (CAP) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1965 through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight the war against poverty locally. The Agency’s mission is to cultivate a community where all people are respectfully supported and empowered to embrace opportunities for learning, growth, and economic security.
CAP currently employs over 165 people serving more than 7,000 individuals annually in Cayuga and Seneca Counties. They have over 40 programs designed not only to alleviate hunger and homelessness but to also help domestic violence victims, prepare individuals for the workforce, provide early childhood development, improve health outcomes, lower energy costs and consumption, strengthen families, and mitigate crisis.
Chief Tim Snyder would like to thank Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson and Waterloo Police Chief Jamie Chechak for their department’s contributions to the Cereal for Summer program as well.
“The Cereal for Summer Campaign is more than just providing breakfast, said Tim Snyder, Seneca Falls Police Chief. “It’s about giving our children the start they need to thrive, grow, and enjoy their summer break with the energy and nutrition they deserve. By supplying cereal and other breakfast items, we are supporting families who may struggle to put food on the table during this time. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all the volunteers, donors, and organizations who have come together to make this campaign a reality. Your dedication and generosity are truly making a difference. Together, we are building a stronger, healthier community where every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
Police Chief Tim Snyder loading up a cart full of Breakfast Foods for the CAPS Cereal for Summer Program (photo: provided)

“We are proud to contribute $2,000 to support this important cause, ensuring that these children have access to the most important meal of the day during the summer break,” said Bill Lutz, President of Waterloo Container.

“It is our hope that this donation allows the program to meet or exceed its goals and establish peace of mind as they go forward implementing Cereal for Summer in 2024. Over 7,200 children in Seneca and Cayuga County rely on school-supplied meals every day. Without programs like CAPS, they would go hungry. We applaud the CAPS organization, as well as Chief Snyder and the Seneca Falls Police Department for their initiative and ensuring that this campaign was a success. We hope that this is one of the program’s best years yet,” said Mark Pitifer.

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