DETROIT — In Southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 children rely on free or reduced-fee breakfast and lunch each day during the school year. Unfortunately, during the summer months, many of these children suffer from hunger because they no longer receive adequate meals.
Members of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Professional Nurse Council are teaming up to fill the hunger gap for thousands of kids this summer. The 10th Annual Cereal Drive will begin Friday, May 31, and run through June 7. All cereal will be contributed to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and will be distributed to over 500 community partner agencies.
“We are so grateful for the abundant amount of community support that has made our Cereal Drive so successful over the past 10 years,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Childhood hunger can lead to ongoing physical and mental developmental problems. As one of the top hospitals in the country, we have a duty to not only treat the children that come through our doors, but to also have a positive impact on all of the children in our state.”
The first drive was held in 2009 and collected 160,757 servings of cereal. Each year, the initiative has experienced significant growth. Last year, the cereal drive collected 1,938,537 servings of cereal to help feed Michigan’s children.
“For most kids, summer vacation is carefree and fun. For 1 in 6 southeast Michigan kids, summer is a time of worry about where their next meal will come from. Children can’t grow and thrive when they are hungry,” said Gerry Brisson, Gleaners president and CEO. “Gleaners is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to help change the lives of children in our community for the past decade.”
Supporters can make a donation of cereal from May 31 through June 7, 2019. Arrangements for large pickups can be made. For more information, please visit https://www.childrensdmc.org/cerealdrive.
About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, www.childrensdmc.org
For over 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states, and 22 countries, annually and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children. It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state.
About Gleaners Community Food Bank
Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Named Feeding America’s 2019 Food Bank of the Year, Gleaners distributed more than 43 million pounds of food to neighbors in need in 2018. On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 96,348 meals each day and provides nourishing food to 430,000 people, including 171,000 children a year. Every dollar donated provides three meals, and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. For more information, visit www.gcfb.org.