The results are in! We collected nearly 623,000 servings of cereal for hungry kids locally, and overall, 2,000,007 servings nationally! Thank you to everyone who participated and donated toward feeding area children over the summer school break!
2014 marked the 5th year that the Professional Nurses Council has held the collection and each year it continues to grow, helping Gleaners provide much needed food to children who are at risk of hunger when they lose access to school-provided meals over summer break.
NATIONAL HOSPITALS' GRAND TOTALS
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 HUNGER HERO
LeBONHEUR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, Memphis, TN
Kid Hunger Facts 2014
Gleaners Community Food Bank will begin to distribute the DMC/Children’s Hospital Cereal Drive collected cereal immediately after it is counted and sorted. Cereal is an expensive item for Gleaners to purchase for distribution, but also one of the items in highest demand—particularly among children who account for at least 40 percent of those they serve.
What does child hunger look like?
FACT: Child hunger causes health problems
• Hungry children are sick more often, more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to suffer physical, emotional and developmental problems.
FACT: Child hunger created educational problems
• Lack of nutrition before the age of three fundamentally changes the neurological structure of the brain and nervous system, harming a child’s ability to learn.
FACT: Child hunger eventually impacts our economic vitality
• Adults who experienced hunger as children are often not well-prepared mentally, emotionally, physically or socially to perform in a work environment.
The number of Michigan children living in poverty more than doubled over the last decade. One in four Michigan children are at risk of hunger; in Detroit, nearly half of all children face hunger.
This summer Gleaners will distribute millions of meals through their child feeding programs, including school-based mobile pantries, summer lunch services and emergency food distribution through their partner network of day cares, summer camps, pantries , shelters and other agencies that serve children in need.
Help the Children’s Hospital of Michigan help Gleaners feed kids during the summer of 2014. Remember, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.