LAFAYETTE, La. – There may be no cure for the summertime blues, but Women’s & Children’s Hospital put forth a monumental effort this summer to benefit Acadiana children.

Staff at the hospital, located at 4600 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, donated more than 8,000 servings of breakfast items. Donated items – including oatmeal, grits, toaster pastries and cereal – were delivered Friday, June 1 to Second Harvest to help the nonprofit agency feed children in Acadiana over the summer months.

The food drive started as a friendly competition among various hospital departments during national Hospital Week at the beginning of May and stretched to May 31, said Jayme Smalley, Kids ER Director at Women’s & Children’s Hospital and a member of the Events Committee that launched the competition.

“There are a lot of kids in Acadiana whose parents rely on the school system most of the year to provide breakfast and lunch,” Smalley said. “During the summer months, many of these children, whose families do not qualify for food stamps or other assistance, fall through the cracks. We decided to collect quick, easy breakfast items to help Second Harvest’s efforts to make sure no child in Acadiana goes hungry this summer.”

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