Help bridge summer nutrition gap during Healthy Over Hungry Cereal DriveMay 29, 2018
Donations accepted June 1-8 at each Abrazo campus
PHOENIX (May 29, 2018) – Abrazo Community Health Network is holding its annual cereal drive during the first week of June to help provide healthy breakfasts for low income families.
The Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Agua Fria Food Bank. Donations of healthy breakfast cereals may be made from June 1-8 at each Abrazo hospital:
- Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale
- Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
- Abrazo Central Campus, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
- Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix
- Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear
“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help the many in our community. We invite you to help kids be ‘Healthy Over Hungry’ this summer,” said Abrazo Community Health Network CEO Frank Molinaro.
In the Valley of the Sun, hundreds of thousands of free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches are served daily during the school year. 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.
“Summer is a particularly difficult time because many children in need can no longer rely on school meals for a nutritious breakfast, so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to the Abrazo Community Health Network and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy, whole-grain cereal breakfast every summer morning,” said Tom Kertis, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Lack of consistent access to adequate food is a problem that two million Arizonans are faced with every year. One in three children in Arizona lives in poverty and Arizona ranks 47th out of 50 states in the number of children who may not know where their next meal is coming from, according to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Packages of healthy cereal may be donated at any Abrazo facility through June 8. Financial donations to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for perishable breakfast items may be made online at smfba.convio.net/HealthyOverHungry2018.
All financial donations made during the campaign will be matched by Abrazo Community Health Network’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, up to $100,000.