DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC) will hold its 2017 Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive from June 2-9 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 a part of this initiative, Tenet has announced a challenge grant of up to $100,000 to promote financial donations to the drive, marking the second consecutive year of the grant.
This 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. The 2016 week-long campaign collected more than 2.2 million servings of cereal and raised over $240,000.
“We know that good health starts with good nutrition,” said Dian Adams, chief nursing officer at Tenet Healthcare and co-chairman of the drive. “Tenet’s Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive aims to help those struggling with hunger in the summer, a time when many children no longer have access to the school meals they rely on. Also, we know that children who stay active and eat healthy have fewer chronic health problems, increased concentration and more energy.”
During the week-long drive, local participating Tenet hospitals and other facilities, along with the company’s Conifer Health Solutions and United Surgical Partners International (USPI) subsidiaries, will encourage employees, neighbors and community partners to donate money, boxes of healthy cereal and other healthy food items to benefit those struggling with hunger in their local community.
More than 190 Tenet, Conifer Health and USPI facilities will conduct food drives and fundraising efforts as part of the campaign, benefitting more than 85 local not-for-profit organizations. Financial donations made to these campaigns between June 2-9 will be matched by Tenet, up to $100,000 collectively.
“At Tenet, our mission is to help people live happier, healthier lives. By issuing another $100,000 challenge grant this year, Tenet is working to do just that. Last year’s campaign was a great success and we hope to raise even more funds, enabling our beneficiary food banks to purchase perishable items such as milk, fruit, and lean protein that are crucial for a complete, healthy breakfast,” said Dan Waldmann, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Tenet Healthcare.
"More than 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children," said Nancy Curby, senior vice president of Corporate Partnerships & Operations at Feeding America®. "Hunger is an issue that impacts every single county in our country and we are grateful for Tenet’s support of our food bank network through its Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive.”
The Cereal Drive was launched in Detroit in 2010 by Pam Taurence, a nurse at Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Ms. Taurence and her colleagues realized that many children were coming to the hospital hungry during the summer months when they were not attending school. Tenet Healthcare expanded the drive nationally in 2014 after Detroit Medical Center became part of the Tenet system. In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Taurence was inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame in April of 2014.
For more information about Tenet’s Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, including a list of participating Tenet locations and local beneficiary organizations, please visit www.tenethealth.com/about/giving-back.
About Tenet Healthcare
Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a diversified healthcare services company with 130,000 employees united around a common mission: to help people live happier, healthier lives. Through its subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures, including United Surgical Partners International, the company operates 80 general acute care hospitals, 20 short-stay surgical hospitals and over 470 outpatient centers in the United States, as well as nine facilities in the United Kingdom. Tenet’s Conifer Health Solutions subsidiary provides technology-enabled performance improvement and health management solutions to hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks, physician groups, self-insured organizations and health plans. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.
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About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.