Tenet drive collects 4.5 million servings of cereal to benefit local food banks


Tenet Healthcare Corporation announced on June 27 the results for its 2019 Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive. The Cereal Drive works to help those struggling with hunger and to promote the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, especially for children who lose access to school-based nutrition programs during the summer months.

The 2019 Cereal Drive took place June 7-14 across Tenet’s acute care hospitals, outpatient centers, call centers and corporate offices, as well as with non-Tenet participating hospitals and companies. In addition, General Mills, a leading global food company, donated over 1,400 boxes of cereal to Tenet in support of the families it serves in communities around the country. The donation includes cereal from several different General Mills’ cereal brands, such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Wheaties and Chex.

This year’s Cereal Drive resulted in the collection of more than 4.5 million servings of cereal, benefitting more than 100 local food banks and not-for-profit pantries in communities served by participating facilities.

Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet, said, “Every day, our caregivers and supporting colleagues work hard to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and ultimately save lives, and we are deeply grateful for their efforts. We are inspired by their compassion and energized by their unfaltering commitment to not only fight hunger, but support numerous initiatives to foster healthier communities.”

The Cereal Drive was launched in Detroit in 2010 by Pam Taurence, a nurse at Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and the DMC Professional Nurse Council. Tenet expanded the drive nationally in 2014 after Detroit Medical Center became part of the Tenet system. Since 2014, more than 19 million servings of cereal and approximately $1,165,000 have been donated to benefit thousands of children and others struggling with the effects of hunger.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) is a national diversified healthcare services company headquartered in Dallas, TX, with 110,000 employees. Through an expansive care network that includes United Surgical Partners International, they operate 65 hospitals and approximately 500 other healthcare facilities, including surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care and imaging centers and other outpatient facilities.