Twin Cities hosts cereal drive to help feed local kids this summer
Twin Cities Community Hospital is participating in a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with breakfast during the summer through its “Healthy Over Hungry,” cereal drive benefitting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
The drive kicked off Friday, May 29 and runs through Friday, June 5.
“We recognize hunger exists in every city in America, and our staff is eager to join the fight against hunger and make a difference in our community,” said Carol Howland, chief nursing officer of Twin Cities. “We recognize the importance of good nutrition on good health and hope that, through this drive, we can help those struggling with food insecurity.”
There are 44,000 San Luis Obispo County residents who struggle with hunger and 40 percent of those are children, according to the food bank.
“We appreciate Sierra Vista for hosting the cereal drive and are grateful for all that they do for our community,” said Wendy Lewis, chief operating officer of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. “Summer is a particularly difficult time for our food bank because many children can no longer rely on their school for meals so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to Sierra Vista and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy breakfast.”
Donations of healthy cereal will be collected from May 29 through June 5 at Twin Cities Hospital. According to the food bank, healthy cereal is defined as cereal that 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 that is free of artificial colors and dyes. or,
For more information about the food bank or to provide a monetary donation for perishable breakfast items, visit slofoodbank.org.