Twin Cities Hospital hosting cereal drive
Donated cereals should be whole grain, with no artificial dyes or colors
–Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital are leading a community cereal drive to provide local children, struggling with hunger, with a healthy breakfast during summer. The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County kicked off Friday, June 3 and runs through till Friday, June 10.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joseph DeSchryver said that they recognize the impact hunger has on health and nutrition, and their staff are eager to make a difference. “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.”
According to the San Luis Obispo Food Bank, there are 44,000 San Luis Obispo County residents who struggle with hunger and unfortunately 40-percent of those are children. Whole-grain cereal is a popular food item that experts say can help to 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 both Sierra Vista and Twin Cities Hospitals or to provide a monetary donation for perishable breakfast items, please visit www.SLOFoodBank.org/donate. All financial donations made during the campaign will be matched by Tenet Healthcare, up to $100,000.