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Fountain Valley Regional Hospital to Host Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive from June 3-10

Sep 5, 2019

Fountain Valley, CA – June 1, 2016 Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center (FVRMC) is leading a community effort to provide area children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, a member of the Feeding America network. The drive kicks off Friday, June 3 and runs through Friday, June 10.

“At FVRMC, we recognize the impact hunger has on health and nutrition, and our staff is eager to make a difference,” said B. Joseph Badalian, Chief Executive Officer of FVRMC.  “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.”

In Orange County more than 335,000 people, including one in five children, are at risk of hunger each month. While Second Harvest serves 200,000 people a month, there are about 135,000 more men, women and children who miss meals without the community’s help. 

“We appreciate FVRMC for hosting the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive and are grateful for its commitment to building a healthy community,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. “Summer is a particularly difficult time for our food bank because many children in need can no longer rely on their school meals for a nutritious breakfast, so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to FVRMC and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a healthy, whole-grain cereal breakfast every summer morning.”

In Orange County 50% of all public school students receive free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches during the school year. 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.  

Donations of healthy cereal to the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive will be collected from June 3 through June 10 throughout the hospital. To provide a financial donation for perishable breakfast items, please visit http://vad.techbridge.org/vadxml.cfm?driveid=40283. All financial donations made during the campaign will be matched by FVRMC’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, up to $100,000.

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About Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center (FVRMC) is a 400-bed acute care hospital and one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in Orange County, California. Serving the community for more than 40 years, the hospital’s core services encompass heart and vascular care, spine , orthopedics, neurosurgery, and women’s and children’s services, including high-risk labor and delivery, a Level III Neonatal ICU, a Pediatric Unit for sick kids and a Pediatric ICU for critically ill children. FVRMC also offers surgical weight loss, an Outpatient Diabetes Program, a Center for Breast Care, transfusion-free medicine and surgery, and 24-hour emergency care including an accredited Chest Pain Center and a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more, visit www.fountainvalleyhospital.com.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization in Orange County leading the fight to end hunger in our community. Second Harvest distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 180 partner agencies in more than 240 locations throughout the county. Last year, Second Harvest provided enough food for more than 19.8 million meals, feeding more than 200,000 people each month. Every dollar donated to Second Harvest provides enough food for three meals for the hungry. Second Harvest is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. For more information about our work and how you can help visit FeedOC.org.

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