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Six-year-old Dunedin girl leads cereal donation drive for Tampa Bay area families in need

Iliana Gorshe wants to collect 80 boxes of cereal
Iliana Gorshe cereal donation drive
Posted at 3:49 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 07:12:59-05

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Iliana Gorshe wants Froot Loops.

And Raisin Bran.

Cheerios will do, too.

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” says Iliana.

The 6-year-old is in the first-grade at Dunedin’s Garrison-Jones Elementary. She is leading a cereal donation drive for Dunedin Cares, which runs a food pantry in town for local families in need.

The cereal donation box, part of a school community project, is located in the lobby of the Dunedin Public Library.

Iliana’s mom, Phyllis Gorshe, is the library's director.

“I think having her do this at a young age, where’s she always willing to give back and to help people, is important,” says Phyllis.

Joe Mackin at Dunedin Cares says a growing number of Tampa Bay area families are “food insecure.” They need assistance because they do not necessarily know where their next meal is coming from.

The issue of "food insecurity" is especially true for older people who may have to choose between buying food and buying medicine.

Iliana's project is gathering attention on Facebook. She has a magic donation number in mind: 80 boxes of cereal.