ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican has partnered with the Rock River Valley Food Pantry to hold a back-to-school cereal drive. The new initiative launched August 12 and runs through August 22.

According to Rock River Valley Food Pantry Executive Director Kim Adams-Bakke, August brings a large need for breakfast items for local students returning to school. About one-third of all of the pantry’s beneficiaries are children.

We are very excited to be partnering with SwedishAmerican on this program that will benefit the children of our community,” Adams-Bakke said. “Every child needs to start their morning with a nutritious meal, as it prepares the body both physically and cognitively for the day. By donating cereal, SwedishAmerican employees will make a difference in the lives of the children that need emergency food assistance from the Rock River Valley Pantry.”

Drop-off bins are located at several different locations throughout the SwedishAmerican health system, including the State Street Hospital entrance, Heart Hospital lobby, Camelot Tower, Ninth Street Center, SwedishAmerican Plaza and Regional Cancer Center.


About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of nearly 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Please visit swedishamerican.org for more information.


About Rock River Valley Food Pantry:

Rock River Valley Pantry fights hunger in the community by providing nutritious food to those in urgent need. The Pantry is operated by three full-time and four part-time staff members along with the help of volunteers who provide thousands of hours of service. The Pantry receives food and financial support from all segments of the community and distributes it to needy families in the Rockford community. Please visit rrvp.org for more information.