Woodhaven Kiwanians, students supply 9,300 servings of grain to food pantries – The News Herald

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.

Aiden Hussey helps deliver boxes of cereal to the Community Lutheran Church in Flat Rock. (Photo courtesy of Paul Elsey)

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.

Group photo of a food distribution
The team that delivered many boxes of cereal to pantries are Bob McCoy (left), Rosemary Robbins, Joan Penix, Paul Elsey, JT BridgesJames Kerekes, Hyden Anderson, Joe Crapenzano, Aiden Hussey and Jim Robbins. (Photo courtesy of Paul Elsey)

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.

Cereal box delivery
Paul Elsey oversees as Hayden Andrews delivers boxes of cereal to the Salvation Army downriver. (Photo courtesy of Paul Elsey)

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.

Unloading boxes
The Woodhaven Kiwanis Club and district students delivered boxes of cereal to five food pantries in the area.

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.