“We appreciate West Suburban Medical Center for hosting the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive and are grateful for all that it does for our community,” said Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director of the Oak Par River Forest Food Pantry.
“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. Cereal is so expensive, so we’re thrilled to pass this donation on to our families in need. Thanks to West Sub and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy breakfast.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2014, 15.8 million children, under the age of 18, in the U.S. are unable to access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. 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.