Tenet Healthcare collected more than 5 million servings of the cereal during its annual Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive. Hundreds of Tenet facilities across the U.S., including more than 30 in North Texas, gathered cereal and raised $380,000 for Feeding America and local food banks during the week-long drive.
The financial contribution, which includes a $100,000 match from Tenet, was up 23 percent from last year. Tenet’s SVP for Public Affairs Dan Waldmann says the company raised 63 percent more servings of cereal than last year.
“We’ve grown this each year both in total financial donations and contributions of cereal, and the number of facilities participating and local organizations benefiting,” Waldmann says.
More than 100 nonprofits across the U.S. received donations, including North Texas charities Arlington Urban Ministries, Good Samaritans of Garland, North Texas Food Bank, and Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan began the drive eight years ago, and after Detroit Medical Center joined Tenet in 2014, the health system expanded the effort across the U.S.
Since then, Tenet’s hospitals and corporate offices, as well as non-Tenet participants, have collected 15 million servings of cereal and approximately $1 million.