General Mills & Box Tops For Education Stocking Up Your Pantry + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Food
March 17, 2013


Growing up, we would cut out the Box Tops for Education from various foods and products.  We’d then take them to our elementary school and donate them to the schools.  I remember how excited everyone was to get new computers (ya know, the old school ones where you had to move the cursor with the keyboard and not a mouse?).  Anyways, it was a very exciting goal that our school met.

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As a parent with kids of my own, I still cut out the Box Tops for Education and donate them on a regular basis to my boys’ school.  It is one of the easiest and quickest ways you can help donate to your child’s school!  And I don’t know about you, but after the holiday celebrations, I found my shelves to be a little emptier than usual.  That’s where General Mills came into play.  They stocked our shelves with all sorts of goodies….and they all had Box Tops for Education!!!


Box Tops for Education®, the nation’s largest school fundraising program, announced in February 2013 that it has earned more than half-a-billion dollars for schools across the country since it started in 1996.  The General Mills program began as an experiment on boxes of Cheerios in California with first year earnings of only $1 million.  It has grown to include more than 240 participating brands providing needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools. At the heart of the program is more than 75,000 volunteer Box Tops for Education coordinators who motivate local school communities to collect the 10-cent coupons which are redeemed for cash schools use for whatever they need most.

To celebrate this milestone, this winter, the program is offering a variety of bonus Box Tops on more than 50 million packages at grocery stores and at, allowing shoppers to double their earnings with select products. School budget cuts have made the program more and more important over the years as it provides unrestricted cash to help schools with their basic operating needs and programs that would not be possible otherwise, such as field trips, textbooks, musical instruments, playground equipment, classroom technology and arts and cultural programming.

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“I witnessed the power of the program when I visited several schools in the state a few months ago,” said New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez. “After seeing how easy it was to earn cash for schools, I started encouraging everyone to participate to help students get the things they need most to improve their education experience. I congratulate Box Tops for Education on reaching this impressive level of support for students everywhere.”We are very impressed at how far the Box Tops program has come,” said Mark Addicks, chief marketing officer at General Mills. “To say that we’ve awarded schools more than $525 million through this simple program is amazing to us. However, it’s due largely to our participating brand partners and passionate coordinators that have propelled the program to this level.”

On average, schools in the U.S. earn around $900 annually through the program, but many schools earn more than $20,000 by clipping Box Tops, participating in bonus programs and shopping 300 online eBoxTops® retailers at the Box Tops Marketplace®.


America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops for Education® program since the program started in 1996, including $47 million just since March 2012. More than 90,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Schools can earn up to $20,000 by clipping Box Tops coupons from 240 products and can earn eBoxTops by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace. To learn more and for a list of participating products, visit

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1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will win an awesome Pantry Stock Up Prize Pack from General Mills and Box Tops for Education®, including the following:

– New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch® Cereal
– Nature Valley® Chewy Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry and Protein Salted Caramel
– Fiber One® Protein Bars
– Progresso® Recipe Starters
– Food Should Taste Good® Chips
– Green Giant Fresh® Box Tops for Education pencil pouch
– Hamburger Helper® Sweet & Sour Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Chicken
– Betty Crocker® Mac & Cheese and Au Gratin potatoes
– Kleenex® wallet pack and 184 count box
– Scott® toilet paper (4 roll) and paper towel roll
– Avery® dry erase weekly calendar
– Ziploc® bowls and bags
– Yoplait® Frozen Yogurt free product coupon

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Information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and its program partners.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

75 Responses to “General Mills & Box Tops For Education Stocking Up Your Pantry + Giveaway”

  1. Elena says:

    Ziploc bags

  2. Mary Happymommy says:


  3. Mary Happymommy says:

    Commented on this post–

  4. Virginia Rowell says:

    I buy Suddenly Salad the most.

  5. Sara Haaf says:

    Scott’s toilet paper.

  6. Heather McD says:

    We buy nature valley bars

  7. Jessie C. says:


  8. Devon F says:

    yoplait greek yogurt!

  9. Austin Baroudi says:

    Apple Cinnamon Cheerios!

  10. rebecca shockley says:

    Scott toilet paper

  11. Cynthia R says:

    hamburger helper

  12. Ellie W says:

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch

  13. Michelle C says:

    Nature Valley granola bars. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  14. joanne major says:

    cereal and cake mixes

  15. Nancy says:

    We get Boxtops most often from Progresso Sup.

  16. Margie says:

    I like Progresso. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  17. sandra says:

    general mills cereals and gogurt

  18. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I buy a lot of Hamburger Helper

  19. D SCHMIDT says:

    I purchase Ziploc bags frequently.

  20. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) says:

    Hamburger Helper (which I make with ground turkey) frequently has double Box Tops points. BTW, my kids are in Middle and High School now, so their classes don’t collect them. So, I save them and drop them off at the Elementary. They love it!

  21. Tamara B. says:

    Totino Pizza Rolls and Cheerios

  22. debbie says:

    ziploc bags

  23. Nichole Miller Shamblin says:

    All the cereal but Cinnamon Toast Crunch the most.

  24. Julie Wood says:

    Kleenex brand is the box top item I buy the most!

  25. Jennifer T. says:

    We buy Juicy Juice, Progresso soup, and Cheerios.

  26. Audra Weathers says:

    We buy the Nature Valley bars a lot. I love the peanut butter flavor!

  27. Heather! says:

    We always have Cheerios. Always.

    By the way…I LOVE your manicure!! 😉

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  28. Jessica To says:

    Hamburger Helper!

  29. TawndaM says:

    there are several… ut Scott toilet paper is the only brand I buy

  30. Karen R says:

    It would have to be Kleenex and Ziploc.

  31. clarissa says:

    cheerios are pretty much always in this house

  32. Mary Cloud says:

    Hamburger Helper
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  33. Rachel C says:

    We go through lots of General Mills cereals.

  34. Natalie S says:

    Cereal, zip lock bags and Huggies!

  35. mrsshukra says:

    Ziploc bags – can’t live without them!

  36. Suzie Williams says:


  37. Jennifer says:

    cheerios for sure!~

  38. Marci says:

    I buy Cheerios the most!

  39. Jackie says:


  40. cheryl c. says:

    Fiber One cereal

  41. nannypanpan says:

    general mills cereal

  42. Tabathia B says:

    I would have to go with hamburger helper

  43. caroline schaffer says:

    Anything Fiber One

  44. lana says:

    ziplop bags

  45. april yedinak says:

    I probably buy more Big G cereals, especially Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

  46. Jammie says:

    The nature valley bars! We love them for quick on the go.

  47. Daniel M says:

    probably cheerios

  48. Thomas Murphy says:

    I buy Cheerios the most

  49. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Honey Nut Cheerios

  50. Angie says:

    I mostly buy Reese’s Puffs cereal!

  51. Amy Z. says:

    I buy Nature Valley bars the most.

  52. Definitely progresso soup

  53. Kristi C says:

    Totino’s pizza rolls.

  54. Desiree Dunbar says:

    Natures Valley Granola Bars.

  55. Ani says:

    I buy Cheerios the most.

  56. Bo says:

    I buy Betty Crocker baking mixes!

  57. Allison Downes says:

    Pillsbury Cookie Dough

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Katherine says:

    I like Hamburger Helper® Sweet & Sour Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Chicken

  59. saki says:


  60. June L says:

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch

  61. runinboise says:

    natures valley bars.

  62. Kim C says:

    Toaster Strudels

  63. Cheerios and ziploc bags.

  64. hollowsins says:

    General Mills cereals or Hamburger Helper

  65. Michele P says:

    general mills cereals!

  66. Robin O says:

    We buy Cheerios the most…but we go through a lot of General Mills cereal varieties each week!

  67. Deanna says:

    I buy cereal (like Lucky Charms) the most that has the Box Tops for Education coupons on it.

  68. brenda gonzalez says:


  69. Zip loc baggies and containers!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  70. Carmen says:


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  72. laurie says:

    i use alot of ziploc bags and bowls

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