cereal drive

Tenet Collects More Than Five Million Servings of Cereal for More Than 100 Local Food Banks and Pantries

Living Our Mission
Tenet colleagues across the country wrapped up another successful year of the Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive with more than five million servings of cereal collected and nearly $380,000 in contributions, which includes Tenet’s $100,000 challenge grant. The fifth-annual cereal drive, which ran from June 1-8, benefited Feeding America and more than 100 local food banks and pantries in the communities we serve. 

With more than 41 million Americans, including 13 million children, regularcereal drively fighting hunger, Tenet’s Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive is designed to provide a healthy, well-balanced breakfast for children and families struggling with food insecurity during the summer months.

During the week-long drive, Tenet hospitals and other facilities, along with the company’s Conifer Health Solutions and United Surgical Partners International (USPI) subsidiaries, worked together to encourage employees, neighbors and community partners to donate money and boxes of healthy cereal to benefit those struggling with hunger in their local community. 

Across the company, employees and facilities put their unique stamp on the campaign to generate enthusiasum and increase donations.

Cereal-eating contests took place at Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas; Doctors Hospital of Manteca and Doctors Medical Center in California; and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett in Tennesee. Doctors Hospital of Manteca colleagues also participated in a Kentucky Durby-style hat decorating contest, where teams created a hat using only cereal and cereal boxes, and Doctors Medical Center hosted a cereal trivia event.

Corporate office colleagues at Tenet and USPI in Dallas participated in cereal box sculpture contests. Sculptures such as the Eiffel Tower, helicopter and landing pad, a photo booth, and a “Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Family” were created.

cereal driveDressed in Flintstones costumes, Conifer Health Solution’s President and CEO Stephen M. Mooney and Chief Compliance Officer Dan Feldman hosted a kick-off breakfast event at the corporate office in Frisco, Texas. Donations poured in, raising $1,190 and 2,640 pounds of cereal locally. 

Our facilities collected record-setting cereal donations this year. DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where the cereal drive was founded nine years ago, collected 1,938,537 servings, the most the hospital has collected in history of the cereal drive. Lakewood Regional Medical Center in Lakewood, California, achieved record-setting numbers as well with 131,087 servings collected and $21,214 in cash donations. Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, also achieved their highest collection of cereal this year with 67,000 servings, compared to 11,000 servings last year.

Brian Halley, Director of Materials Management at USPI-Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital at Sherman, Texas, received this year’s “Pam Prize.” The prize, named in honor of the cereal drive founder Pam Taurence at DMC Children’s, is designed to recognize an employee who has exhibited extraordinary volunteer service during the Health Over Hungry® Cereal Drive and demonstrated a passion for helping those struggling with hunger.  

Since 2014, 15 million servings of cereal and approximately $1 million have been collected across Tenet. 


Photo Caption (1): Abrazo West Campus colleagues during Tenet’s annual Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive.
Photo Caption (2): Baptist Health System colleagues gathered for a cereal-eating contest.
Photo Caption (3): The Hospitals of Providence community partner AirMethods delivered cereal boxes via helicopter.
Photo Caption (4): Detroit Medical Center colleagues during the annual cereal drive.
Photo Caption (5): Piedmont Medical Center colleagues hosted a “Fill the Ambulance with Cereal Boxes” event.
Photo Caption (6): Photo booth created during Tenet corporate office’s cereal sculpture contest.
Photo Caption (7): “Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Family” created during USPI headquarter’s cereal sculpture contest.
Photo Caption (8): Conifer’s President and CEO Stephen M. Mooney and Chief Compliance Officer Dan Feldman.