Kaleida Health Cereal Drive Collects 20,074 Servings

Released: 7/2/2013
(L to R): Maryann Sullivan, RN, Debianne Peterman, Ph.D, MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC, chief nursing officer, Cherie Hepp, RN, nurse recruiter, and Ann Maghran, family centered care coordinator, helped load the City Mission truck at Women & Children’s Hospital with all the cereal donated from across Kaleida Health.

A Kaleida Health Cereal Drive held May 31 – June 7 collected more than 20,074 servings of cereal for local children in need this summer.

The cereal drive is held annually to ensure that the nutritional needs of children throughout our community are met by providing breakfast during the summer months. On average, 21,500 children in the Buffalo Public Schools are provided breakfast each day throughout the school year.

Individuals from sites across Kaleida Health generously contributed to the drive, including Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and its Family Advisory Council, Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, HighPointe on Michigan, Larkin at Exchange, Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medicine and the Visiting Nurses Association of WNY.

City of Buffalo school-based employees were Kaleida Health’s highest single department contributors, gathering 5,215 total servings.

Kaleida Health was one of 11 healthcare organizations throughout the United States involved in the 2013 Cereal Drive initiative. The national effort collected 1,542,967 servings of food for children across the country.

All cereal collected by this cereal drive was donated to the Food Bank of Western New York for distribution throughout the community. The Cereal Drive was organized and sponsored by the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s Site Practice Council.