The staff at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan sees the effects of child hunger first-hand. In 2010, the DMC's Professional Nurse Council took action, organizing a massive cereal collection for kids. The drive provided more than 160,000 meals for children who face hunger.
Year after year, the drive has grown. Last summer, nearly 440,000 servings of cereal were collected by southeast Michigan DMC locations. The drive has also grown to national scale. A total of 2 million cereal servings were collected in 2014 by Children's Hospitals across the country who were inspired by our local effort.
Gleaners thanks the Professional Nurse Council, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Clear Channel radio, Fox 2, and everyone involved in making the cereal drive a huge success for hungry kids this year. We look forward to a great 2015!
Pam Taurence explains why she, and others at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, decided to launch a cereal drive in 2010.
"We wanted to make a difference in the community, and we wanted it to affect kids. So what better way, I mean, if you don't eat, you just aren't going to be able to perform," she says.
"We ask people to bring oatmeal, Cheerios, something with some nutritional value. But kids like it. They eat it, they like it, and it's easy and convenient. You can make oatmeal with water, you can eat cereal without milk. So it works."
View the video to learn more about Pam and her commitment and passion that has driven this cereal drive over the past four years.