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May 29th, 2015
Houston Northwest Medical Center to Host Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive From May 29th to June 5th
For Immediate Release:
Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

[Houston, Texas – May 29, 2014] – Houston Northwest Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting Northwest Assistance Ministries. The drive kicks off Friday, May 29th and runs through Friday, June 5th.

“At Houston Northwest Medical Center, we recognize hunger exists in every city in America, and our staff is eager to join the fight against hunger and make a difference in our community,” said Tim Puthoff, Chief Executive Officer of Houston Northwest Medical Center. “We recognize the importance of good nutrition on good health and hope that, through this drive, we can help those struggling with food insecurity.”

According to the Houston Food Bank, on a typical day in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank, 66,200 people are hungry and can't afford to buy food. Of that number, 5,000 are children.

One in five households in the same area faces food insecurity. They live with the threat of being hungry, or having inconsistent access to enough nutritious food.
It's even worse for kids: one in four children is food insecure in southeast Texas.

In Texas, 6.5% of households experience hunger, or "very low food security."

“We appreciate Houston Northwest Medical Center for hosting the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive and are grateful for all that it does for our community,” said Ebony Kimble, of Northwest Assistance Ministries. “Summer is a particularly difficult time for our food bank because many children can no longer rely on their school for meals so their families often turn to us for help. Thanks to Houston Northwest Medical Center and the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, many families will have a health breakfast.”

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. Healthy cereal contains one serving of whole grain, nor more than 200 calories per serving, six grams or less of sugar and at least three grams of fiber per serving. It should also be free of artificial colors and dyes.

Donations of healthy cereal to the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive will be collected from May 29th through June 5th at Houston Northwest Medical Center, 710 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77090 or at one of their convenient Urgent Care Centers located at 2540 FM 2920 Road Spring, TX 77388, and 7306 Louetta Road Spring, TX 77379.

Or, to provide a monetary donation for perishable breakfast items, please visit www.namonline.org/donate.
About the Company:
Houston Northwest Medical Center is located at 710 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston. The hospital has been serving the north Houston community for more than 40 years, providing a wide range of medical services that includes cardiology, maternity care, neonatal intensive unit, pediatrics, bariatric and neurology. To learn more about the programs and upcoming events at Houston Northwest Medical Center, visit www.hnmc.com

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) was formed by 10 Covenant Congregations who agreed to set aside their theological differences and pool their resources in a manner to better serve community needs. NAM has served north and northwest Harris County since 1983 and currently has approximately 85 employees and 2,500 volunteers touching the lives of more than 130,000 people annually through its programs and services. To learn more about the programs and services of Northwest Assistance Ministries, visit www.namonline.org
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