Woodhaven Kiwanians and students from the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District’s summer programs just added a boost of morning energy to people who might otherwise go hungry.
Thanks in part to their efforts, along with the help of members of the Woodhaven High School hockey team, boxes of cereal were donated to food distributors to help those in need get off to a good start. daytime.
Hockey team member James Kerkes said players and club members worked together to complete the two-day operation.
The Kiwanians and team members took a school bus and traveled to each of its schools to collect cereal, then drove to Aldi in Woodhaven to load 104 more cases of cereal they had purchased.
The whole group got together and visited five local pantries to deliver the cereal.
Their calculations show that their contribution turns out to be more than 9,300 individual servings of meals that they helped provide.
Youth in the summer programs did their part by picking up canned cereal, knowing that their efforts would help prevent anyone starting the day with an empty stomach.
Club president Brenden Hoy said the program introduced to the district honors a tradition started by the Children’s Hospital Professional Nurses Association.
Club members believe that research conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Professional Nurse Council at Detroit Medical Center underscores the program’s importance for children.
Their data shows that more than 305,000 children in Southeast Michigan receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
When school ends in the summer, many children are vulnerable to malnutrition and hunger.
Kiwanians consider cereal an important food for distributions, noting that it is one of the most demanded items in pantries.
It is a food source that requires no preparation, is easily stored and is commonly enjoyed by many children.