Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Central Valley – Doctors Medical Center, Emanuel Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca – are leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting local food banks. The drive kicked off Friday, June 7 and runs through Friday, June 14.
“We understand the health issues children face from hunger and poor nutrition,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help many in our communities struggling with food insecurity.”
Whole-grain cereal, when part of a healthy, balanced breakfast including dairy, fruit and lean protein, is a popular food item that experts say can easily 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 can be dropped off through June 14 in the main lobbies at all three Central Valley Tenet hospitals – Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock and Doctors Hospital of Manteca. All donations will stay local and go to Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties and New Life Christian Center in Turlock.