Abrazo West Campus just completed the hospital’s annual Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, donating boxes of cereal totaling an equivalent of nearly 4,500 servings to local food banks.
Hospital employees, volunteers and physicians contributed to the cereal drive, as well as many community members including Buckeye’s community services department.
Cereal donations will benefit the Agua Fria and All Faith Community Services food banks.
“We appreciate everyone’s support and contributions to our annual cereal drive. It means so much to be able to help families in need who may rely food banks for help during the summer break when children aren’t in school participating in school breakfast and lunch programs,” said Christina Oh, chief executive officer, Abrazo West Campus.
Wholegrain cereal, when part of a healthy, balanced breakfast including dairy, fruit and lean protein, is a popular food item that experts say can easily address the hunger gap during the summer months when children are not in school.
The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive is supported by Abrazo Health’s parent organization, Tenet Healthcare, which last year collected some 5 million servings of cereal and donated $380,000 through the efforts of its facilities across the United States.