Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s "Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive" is helping to feed local families.
The drive, which ended Friday, benefits The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Its goal is to provide food to children who are food insecure over the summer when school is out.
"We recognize the impact hunger has on health and nutrition, and our staff is eager to make a difference," said Shannon Downing, director of marketing. "We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help the many in our community struggling with food insecurity."
The San Luis Obispo Food Bank’s Facebook page said there are 44,000 residents in San Luis Obispo County struggling with food insecurity and 40 percent of those residents are children.
"We don’t want kids to go hungry during the summer and there is a need in our community so we just hope we are able to kind of fill shelves of the food bank with some healthy nutritious cereal," Downing said.
The hospital collected hundreds of boxed cereals and about $500 that will be donated to the food bank.