Abrazo Scottsdale Campus collects cereal, money to feed children

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus cereal drive collected enough cereal and money for more than 2,700 servings of healthy breakfasts for children in the summer. (Submitted photo)

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus cereal drive collected enough cereal and money for more than 2,700 servings of healthy breakfasts for children in the summer. (Submitted photo)

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus collected enough cereal and money for more than 2,700 servings of healthy breakfasts to feed children in the summer.

During the recent Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, hospital employees, community members and business leaders donated healthy cereal and money for perishable breakfast items. The drive’s purpose is to feed children, who receive a healthy breakfast in school, during summer break.

More than 150-pounds of cereal and $250 were presented to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, according to a press release. Abrazo Community Health Network’s six hospitals collected cereal and money, providing more than 58,000 breakfasts.

“At Abrazo Community Health Network, our goal is not only to help patients get well but also to help our community understand and take control of their health,” said Market Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Ellert in a prepared statement. “Part of this includes recognizing the importance of good nutrition. Through this drive, we can help those who are struggling with food insecurity.”

Arizona ranks third in the country for high child hunger rates, following New Mexico and Mississippi, with 456,760 children starving on a daily basis, according to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in the press release.

“We appreciate Abrazo Community Health Network hospitals for hosting the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive,’’ Jerry Brown, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance public relations director, said in a prepared statement. “Summer is a particularly difficult time for our food bank because many children can no longer rely on their schools for meals so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to Abrazo Community Health Network hospitals and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy breakfast.’’

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