PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - At the Boys and Girls Club of Belle Glade, D’Quenton Bother and Chion Brown feel at home. They have spent summers at the facility for several years.
“Just to get out and be active because I don’t like staying home,” Brown said.
About 15 percent of people in Palm Beach County don’t know where their next meal is coming from and 184,000 receive nutrition assistance, according to Palm Beach County’s food bank.
Many children in the club need extra help during summer. Families often struggle during summer months to replace the free and reduced-priced meals children receive while at school.
Forty-five miles east of Belle Glade, at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, more than one thousand boxes of cereal were gathered through donations from hospital staff and staff members at Cheney Brothers, Inc., Roger Dean Stadium and Security Self Storage.
Assistant Administrator Lisa Rocheleau said the response was impressive.
“We had people bring up to forty boxes in,” she said.
There were so many boxes, they had to be jammed into the truck that would deliver them to four locations, including the one in Belle Glade.
Bother was surprised by the volume of cereal. “Shocked. Shocked. Really,” he laughed.
“Oh my God, like, it's so much! Like, I hope we can give it all out,” said Brown.
The children said they were touched by the generosity of the donations.
“If you hungry and don't have anything to eat, you know you have cereal, Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” Bother said.
The effort was part of the National Cereal Drive through The Professional Nurse Council of Michigan/Detroit Medical Center. Fifteen other hospitals also participated in the effort across the country.