Lakewood Regional Medical Center Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive Collected 57,200 Servings of CerealSep 5, 2019
Lakewood Regional Medical Center donated 57,200 servings of cereal to Project Shepherd Lakewood during its Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, which ran from June 2-9, 2017. Additionally, Lakewood Regional’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, matched $6,531.99 of financial donations raised during the drive to Project Shepherd Lakewood and $562.50 to Long Beach Rescue Mission – making the overall financial contribution $19,328.99 to Project Shepherd Lakewood and $1,664.50 to Long Beach Rescue Mission.
“The donations we collected during our ‘Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive’ will help provide local children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer, and I am so grateful for the support of our staff and community in this effort,” said John Grah, CEO of Lakewood Regional Medical Center. “Good nutrition is essential to good health, and we wanted to help lead the fight against hunger in our community.”
According to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the percentage of children living in food-insecure households in Lakewood’s two overlapping congressional districts as of 2014 was 17.1 percent and 23.6 percent, respectively.
“Congratulations and thank you to Lakewood Regional Medical Center and their employees. The totals are in, and they have raised over 57,000 servings of cereal donations for people in need, said Diane Dubois, City of Lakewood. “Our thanks go to the hospital and their staff for their generosity.”
“Summer is a particularly difficult time 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”, said Caitlin Cariaso, City of Lakewood Community Services Supervisor. “Thanks to Lakewood Regional and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy, whole-grain cereal breakfast every morning this summer.”
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.