For the past 11 years the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Professional Nurse Council at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has partnered with
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to lead a community effort to provide children with a consistent daily meal over summer recess.
Now more than ever, kids in Southeast Michigan need access to healthy breakfast options throughout the summer. Over the last eleven years, together, we have raised nearly 11 million servings of cereal.
Although we cannot get together and fill buses and trucks with cereal this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can continue to help children eat this summer by donating to our Virtual Cereal Drive. “At the Children’s Hospital of Michigan
we see firsthand the impact food insecurity has on children’s health. The hospital does not just treat sick or injured children; we work to keep the children and families in our community healthy, and your support is appreciated now more than
ever,” said Kathy Donovan, MSN, NE-BC, Chief Executive Officer, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
“Kids need healthy, wholesome food not just some of the time but all of the time, and especially in the summer when local children are at risk of hunger,” said Gerald Brisson, Gleaners president and CEO. “We are grateful to the Children’s
Hospital of Michigan’s nurses and staff for the incredible efforts that go into the Annual Cereal Drive to support Gleaners and our hungry neighbors at this critical time of year.”
The 12th Annual Cereal Drive, and second Virtual Cereal Drive will kick off June 4 and runs through June 11. All virtual donations will go to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to support the community wherever the need is greatest
Child Hunger In Our Community
In Michigan, 1 out of 5 children struggle with hunger and more than 302,000 children are food insecure.
More than 650,000 people in southeast Michigan will face hunger over the next year.
In southeast Michigan, nearly 310,000 children receive
free or reduced-price meals in school. When school recesses for the summer,
these children are vulnerable to undernourishment and hunger.
Why cereal? Cereal is an important food item for our food distributions.
Cereal is an expensive item for Gleaners to purchase for distribution, yet it
is also one of the items in highest demand. Cereal is a food that needs no
preparation, is easily stored, and is well-liked by children.
In 2020, in response to the continued pandemic crisis, Gleaners
increased food distribution by 65% through our COVID-19
Gleaners distributed approximately 69 million pounds of food
since March 2020.
Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents
of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.