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Why Cereal Drives Matter

clock June 5, 2013 14:32 by author Curtis Weber
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Why Cereal Drives Matter    Did you have breakfast this morning? If you did not, was it because you chose not to eat?  Sadly, many people do not have a choice in whether they have breakfast or not.  Many know upon going to bed that they will not have that choice upon arising.  the choices they have may be limited to which meal or meals they will have to go without.  For many Children, the only meals they can count on are the free and reduced-priced meals provided through school breakfast and lunch programs.  But during the summer months, while school is not in session, the only thing those children can count on is being hungry.  Excuse me; what I mean to say is hungrier.  But it does not have to be that way.  Here is your chance to give those children and families a choice. Hunger continues to be an ongoing crisis and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' involvement in addressing hunger continues to be an ongoing effort.  We have had numerous food drives over the years and although those food drives were successful, hunger continues. The Nurse Professional Excellence Council of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics are coordinating another food drive, specifically for breakfast cereal.  Why cereal?  First off, kids love cereal.  It is a non-perishable food that is nutrient dense, often fortified with vitamins and minerals.  It also promotes milk consumption.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 41% of milk consumed by 6-12 year olds is consumed with cereal. The cereal drive is organized in cooperation with Harvesters.  Harvesters is the area's only food bank.  Their network includes more than 620 non-profit agencies though out a 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.  Harvesters' network provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 people each week.  Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states.  Harvesters was named Feeding America's "food Bank of the Year" for 2011. Multiple Harvesters barrels will be conveniently placed at the CMH Main Campus, CMH South, CM-East, CM-West, CM-North and CM-Broadway Clinics until June 8th.  Monetary donations are also accepted. Exact locations include: CMH Main Campus: Shuttle drop off, lobby next to garage, atrium near Security check in and the employee garage entrance CMH South: Main entrance, ER entrance, and at the UCC at 5520 College Blvd CMH East; Main entrance CM West: Outside break room CM North: Main entrance CM Broadway Clinics: Main lobby If you would like to learn more about hunger and ways to help or to make a donation in cash, please go to www.cmhcerealdrive.harvesters.org for more information. Your help and generosity is not only needed, it is greatly appreciated!  

Hunger Is Not a Choice, Giving Is

clock May 17, 2012 15:04 by author Curtis Weber
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Hunger Is Not a ChoiceGiving Is Did you have breakfast this morning? If you did not, was it because you chose not to eat?  Sadly, many people do not have a choice in whether they have breakfast or not.  Many know upon going to bed that they will not have that choice upon arising.  The choices they have may be limited to which meal or meals they will have to go without.  For many children, the only meals they can count on are the free and reduced-priced meals provided through school breakfast and lunch programs.  But during the summer months, while school is not in session, the only thing those children can count on is being hungry.  Excuse me; what I mean to say is hungrier.  But it does not have to be that way.  Here is your chance to give those children and families a choice. Hunger continues to be an ongoing crisis and Children's Mercy's involvement in addressing hunger will be an ongoing effort.  The Nurse Retention Committee coordinated our hospitals last drive that occurred mid-February thru the first week in March.  That food drive was successful; however, hunger is not overcome with a single food drive. The Nurse Professional Excellence Council of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is coordinating another food drive, specifically for breakfast cereal.  Why Cereal?  First off, kids love cereal.  It is a non-perishable food that is nutrient dense, often fortified with vitamins and minerals.  It also promotes milk consumption.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 41% of milk consumed by 6-12 year-olds is consumed with cereal. The cereal drive is organized in cooperation with Harvesters.  Harvesters is the area's only food bank.  Their network includes more than 620 non-profit agencies throughout a 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.  Harvesters' network provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 people each week.  Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states.  Harvesters was named Feeding America's "Food Bank of the Year" for 2011. Multiple Harvesters barrels will be conveniently placed at the CMH main campus, CMH-South, CH-East, CM-North and CM-Broadway Clinics from May 21st - 27th. Exact locations include: CMH-Main Campus: employee shuttle drop off entrance & the lobby next to the garage CMH-South: one at the main and ED entrances next to security CM-East: main entrance CM-North: main entrance CM-Broadway Clinics: main lobby If you would like to learn more about hunger and ways to help or to make a donation in cash, please go to www.harvesters.org for more information. Your help and generosity is not only needed, it is greatly appreciated!

Hunger

clock February 8, 2012 15:06 by author Curtis Weber
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Hunger    Hunger.  It is a feeling we are all familiar with.  For the majority of us it is a fleeting sensation that is quashed by a trip to the cupboard, refrigerator or store.  But what if you could not make that trip?  What if your cupboard and refrigerator is empty and a trip to the store is not an option?  Sadly 1 in 6 people in the United States hunger is a daily struggle.  That translates to 49 million Americans who are forced to go without food for several meals or even days because they cannot make ends meet.   Fact: Only 10% of the hungry are homeless and 36% of those that seek help have at least one working adult in their home.  Fact: More than 17 million children live in a food-insecure household.   Fact: While many children have access to school programs that help, much of the problem remains.  Fact: Physical, cognitive and behavioral development growth are affected in children who are hungry.  Those children are also more likely to experience irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrations compared to other children. The Nurse Retention Committee in cooperation with Harvesters will be having a food drive.  Harvesters is the area’s only food bank.  Their network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout a 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Harvesters’ network provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week. Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states.   Harvesters was named Feeding America’s “Food Bank of the Year” for 2011.  Children’s Mercy Hospital Main Campus has food barrels located at the employee shuttle drop off entrance as well as at the employee parking garage elevator lobby that connects to the Outpatient Clinics.  Another barrel has been placed in the Human Resources Lobby at Crown Center. Children’s Mercy South can expect two food barrels be delivered Thursday, February 9th between 8am and 1pm. They will be placed at the main and ED entrances. The Broadway Clinic’s food barrel will be delivered on Friday, February 10th between 8am and 2pm.  It will be placed in the Adolescent Clinic. Children’s Mercy West will have a barrel delivered on Monday, February 13th between 8am and 2pm.. Children’s Mercy Northland’s food barrel will arrive next Wednesday, February 15th between 8am and 2pm. You may donate canned and dry food goods.  Any frozen or refrigerated foods must be donated directly to Harvesters.  If you would like to learn more about hunger and ways to help or to make a donation in cash please go to www.harvesters.org for more information. Your help and generosity is not only needed, it is greatly appreciated! The Nurse Retention Committee

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