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Valley Baptist Health System hosts Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive to help Rio Grande Valley families in need

Jul 13, 2018
Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

HARLINGEN/BROWNSVILLE –Valley Baptist Health System joins the mission to fight hunger for children and adults of the Rio Grande Valley through its Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive benefitting the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley.  The drive kicks off Friday, June 1 and runs through Friday, June 8, 2018.

“Valley Baptist Health System is committed to helping Valley families in need,” said Manny Vela, CEO for Valley Baptist Health System and Valley Baptist-Harlingen.  “We understand the health issues children face from hunger and poor nutrition and recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast.”

Nearly 1 in 2 children in RGV live at or below the federal poverty level.  It is very common for families to pay all their bills only to find very little left for nutritious foods.  Summer because an especially difficult time when children are out of school and unable to seek assisted breakfasts and lunches.

“We have an obligation to the children of our community to ensure they have the proper nutrition they need to grow and stay healthy,” said Vela.  “Through our Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy, whole grain cereal breakfast every summer morning.”

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.  

“With the support of our community and the team of VBHS, fewer kids will go hungry this summer,” said Vela.

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