Abrazo West Campus is leading a community cereal drive to provide healthy breakfasts for area families struggling with hunger this summer.
Donations of healthy cereal to benefit local food banks will be accepted from June 7 through June 14 at Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, as part of Abrazo’s Healthy Over Hungry cereal drive.
The effort will benefit the Agua Fria and All Faith Community Services food banks.
“Families in need often turn to food banks for help during summer when children can no longer rely on their school meals for a nutritious breakfast,” said Christina Oh, chief executive officer, Abrazo West Campus.
Whole-grain 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.
“We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help those in our community struggling with food insecurity,” Oh said.
Donations through Abrazo West’s cereal drive in 2018 provided the equivalent of 16,333 servings of healthy cereal to local families. The hospital will hold a cereal eating contest with employees and volunteers to kick on this year’s cereal drive.
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.