Tenet has kicked off its 2018 Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive (June 1-8) to fight hunger and promote the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. The annual campaign supports Feeding America®
and its nationwide network of local food banks and distribution partners.
As part of this initiative, Tenet has announced a challenge grant of up to $100,000 to
promote financial donations to the drive, marking the third consecutive year of the grant.
With more than 41 million Americans, including 13 million children, regularly 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. In 2017, Tenet’s week-long campaign collected more than 3.2 million servings of cereal and raised more than $310,000.
“Too often we see patients in our hospitals and outpatient centers, particularly children, who are struggling with the effects of hunger,” said Sally Hurt-Deitch, Tenet’s chief nursing officer, vice president of Patient Care Services and co-chairman of the drive. “Summer is an especially hard time for food-insecure children because they can no longer rely on their schools for meals. We know that good health starts with good nutrition, which is why Tenet is proud to host its annual Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive during the first week of June.”
More than 230 Tenet facilities, including United Surgical Partners International and Conifer Health Solutions, will conduct food drives and raise funds as part of the campaign, benefiting more than 100 local non-profit food banks and affiliated organizations. Financial donations are a critical part of the effort, as they help beneficiary food banks purchase perishable items such as milk, fruit and lean protein that are crucial for a complete, healthy breakfast.
Tenet colleagues will have some fun throughout
the week promoting their local cereal drive, including Tenet’s Corporate Office in Dallas, which will host a cereal box sculpture contest and employees will vote for their favorite structure with a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. In San Antonio, Baptist Health System will host a cereal eating contest among the six hospitals in its system. Donations will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.
Click here to learn more about the drive and view a list of participating facilities and beneficiaries.
To make a donation to Tenet’s national Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, go to www.feedingamerica.org/tenet.