Farmington Hills firefighters donate 1,600 cereal servings

Several members of the Farmington Hills Fire Department participated in “Because Breakfast Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation”, the theme of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Annual Cereal Drive.

Now in its tenth year, the drive spearheaded by the hospital’s Professional Nurse Council encourages community volunteers to join in the fight against child hunger.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
Farmington Hills Fire Cereal Drive
Lieutenant Andre Gardenhire (left) and Firefighter James Chesney (right) from the Farmington Hills Fire Department collected and delivered the donated cereal. (Contributed)

In Southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches are served daily to children during the school year, but over the summer, a hunger gap that needs to be filled. In 2018, the drive collected over 1.9 million servings of cereal for the children of Southeast Michigan.

Farmington Hills Firefighter James Chesney and Lieutenant Andre Gardenhire spearheaded the Department’s involvement in the cereal drive and collected enough cereal to total more than 1,600 servings. Fire Chief Jon Unruh authorized the use of one of the Department’s fire engines to deliver the cereal boxes, which caused a lot of excitement at Children’s Hospital.

“The Farmington Hills Fire Department was glad to answer the call to action,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh. “We were happy to help out in the fight against childhood hunger.”

Collected cereal is donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank and distributed to children over the summer. Cereal is an expensive item for Gleaners to purchase, but it’s also in high demand since it needs no preparation, is easily stored, and is well-liked by children.

For more information about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Annual Cereal Drive, visit

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