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Abrazo Central collects 5,400+ servings of cereal for St. Mary’s Food Bank

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Abrazo Central collects 5,400+ servings of cereal for St. Mary’s Food Bank. (File Photos/

Abrazo Central Healthy Over Hungry delivers

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Abrazo Central Campus has collected more than 5,400 servings of cereal set to be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

The hospital’s week-long Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive ran June 6-13. Abrazo Central Campus, at 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, serves north central Phoenix with emergency, surgical, neurosciences, inpatient rehabilitation and other services, and is a Comprehensive Stroke Center, according to a press release.

“We’re proud to be a part of this community. We hope this summertime initiative can help provide a nutritious breakfast for those struggling with hunger, many of whom are children who are unable to rely on their schools for meals during the summer,” said Omar Pineda, chief executive officer of Abrazo Central Campus, in a prepared statement. “I am grateful for the support of our staff and physicians in this effort. Good nutrition is essential to good health, and we want to help lead the fight against hunger.”

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. Tenet Health, parent of Abrazo Central Campus, supports the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive campaign.

Abrazo Health is one of the largest health systems in Arizona, providing advanced programs in cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, spine and sports medicine, trauma and emergency services, surgical robotics, general surgery and maternity care. The Abrazo system includes Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, Abrazo Surprise Hospital and Abrazo West Campus.

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