Providence Children’s Hospital Kicks Off ‘Healthy Over Hungry’ Cereal Drive

Providence Children’s Hospital is leading a community effort to provide area children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

The drive kicks off Friday, June 3 and runs through Friday, June 10.

“At Providence Children’s Hospital, we recognize the impact hunger has on health and nutrition, and our staff is eager to make a difference,” said Irene Perreault, Administrative Director at Providence Children’s Hospital.  “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 struggling with food insecurity.”

“We appreciate Providence Children’s Hospital for hosting the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive and are grateful for its commitment to building a healthy community,” said Victor Nevarez, CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Some of the cereal collected ini 2015
Some of the cereal collected ini 2015

“Summer is a particularly difficult time for our food bank because many children in need can no longer rely on their school meals for a nutritious breakfast, so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to Providence Children’s Hospital and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy, whole-grain cereal breakfast every summer morning.”

In El Paso, TX more than 10,000 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.

Healthy cereal contains one serving of whole grain, no more than 200 calories per serving, six grams or less of sugar and at least three grams of fiber per serving. It should also be free of artificial colors and dyes.

Donations of healthy cereal to the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive will be collected from June 3 through June 10 at lobbies of Memorial Campus, 2001 N. Oregon, Sierra Campus, 1625 Medical Center Drive, and East Campus, 3280 Joe Battle.