Florida Medical Center Hosts Healthy Over Hungry Cereal DriveMar 12, 2018
Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation
Left to right: Dr. Frank Vittimberga, chief medical officer at Florida Medical Center; Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO at Florida Medical Center; Lisa Devine, volunteer and HR coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County; Eric Louis, county director at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County; Andre Escoffrey, director of business development at Florida Medical Center.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (June 30, 2015) Florida Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children with a healthy breakfast during the summer. The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive kicked off Friday, May 29 and ran through Friday, June 5. Food collected was donated to the Boys and Girls Club.
“At Florida Medical Center, we continuously strive to make a positive impact in our community,” said Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center. “That is why we decided to partner with the Boys and Girls Club to help raise awareness of this nationwide crisis.”
According to a study released by Feeding South Florida and Feeding America in 2014, there is a food budget shortfall of 152,704,800 meals, or $17.83 per person per week in South Florida. There are meals missing from the tables of 871,920 people (15.4 percent of the South Florida population). The report also stated that 23.6 percent of children in South Florida are food insecure, meaning 287,650 children go to bed hungry.
Free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches are served daily to South Florida students during the school year. 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.