Today Is…

National Cereal Day

pouring-milk-on-cerealDid you know cereal emerged at the end of the 19th century as a healthier alternative to breakfast then eggs, bacon & sausage.

The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident. In 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!

Today, approximately 294 million Americans start their day with a bowl of cereal. Wholegrain cereals are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins.

You can celebrate this Food Holiday by donating your favorite cereal to the Food Bank or a local food pantry.