Children’s Hospital of Michigan Collected 3.08 Million Servings for Annual Cereal Drive

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Collected 3.08 Million Servings for Annual Cereal Drive

DETROIT — Children’s Hospital of Michigan is pleased to announce that it donated 3,080,617 servings of cereal to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan  during the 10th Annual Cereal Drive, which ran from May 31-June 7, 2019.

“The cereal and monetary donations we collected during our Cereal Drive will provide a nutritious breakfast during the summer months to local families struggling with food insecurity.  We set a very large goal of 3 million servings of cereal and I cannot thank our staff and our community enough for the role they all played in exceeding that goal,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “We care deeply about the children of Southeast Michigan and we want to do our part to combat hunger.”

The first Cereal Drive was held in 2009 and collected 160,757 servings of cereal. This year, Children’s Hospital of Michigan set a goal of raising more than 3 million servings and by exceeding that goal, and the initiative has now collected 10,849,328 servings of cereal over 10 years.

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. 

“Without access to breakfast and lunch at school, many kids in our community, and their families, struggle during the summer months to get the food they need to be healthy and thrive,” said Gerry Brisson, Gleaners president and CEO. “We are grateful to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s nurses and staff for the incredible efforts that go into the Annual Cereal Drive to support Gleaners and our hungry neighbors at this critical time of year.”

Please click here for photos from this year’s Cereal Drive. Next year’s Cereal Drive will take place from Friday, May 29, through Friday, June 5, 2020.

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan,

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

Cynthia Tait

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