Walker Baptist hosting cereal drive

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Tenet Health facilities in the United States — including Walker Baptist — are hosting cereal drives over the next week to benefit communities.

The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive began Monday and lasts through next Monday, June 14. 

According to a press release from Brookwood Baptist Health, local cereal donations from Walker Baptist, Princeton Baptist, and Shelby Baptist will benefit the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Donations made at Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega will benefit Champion Church of Talladega.

Visitors to Walker Baptist may donate boxes of cereal inside the hospital's main lobby this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive began in 2010 when a nurse at a Tenet hospital in Michigan recognized the need in her community for food assistance.

As stated on the Tenet Health website, "The purpose of the drive was to donate much-needed food for Detroit families and to promote the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, especially for children in the summer months. The program was so successful that it was later expanded nationally across the Tenet network."

The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive has resulted in the collection of more than 19 million servings of cereal since 2014, and nearly $1.2 million has been raised to benefit children in the United States.

“This past year has been particularly devastating for families struggling with hunger, as the COVID-19 pandemic compounded extreme food shortages in many communities,” Tim Puthoff, CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health, said in a press release. “We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, hope to help many across Central Alabama struggling with food insecurity. We invite you to join us in our efforts to help our communities be ‘Healthy Over Hungry’ this summer.”