Local hospitals donate over 1,000 boxes of cereal to feed kids this summer
–Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital just completed a community-wide effort to provide local families with a healthy breakfast during the summer months through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefitting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. The drive kicked off Friday, June 2 and ran through Friday, June 9.
Together, employees from both hospitals donated 1,190 servings of cereal and $3,111 to help feed local children who may be struggling with hunger during their summer break. That money will be matched by Tenet Healthcare. There are 44,000 San Luis Obispo County residents who struggle with hunger, 40% of whom are children.
Nationally, Tenet employees contributed 3.2 million servings of cereal and more than $209,000, which will be supplemented by a $100,000 matching grant from Tenet. Total participation included 113 Tenet hospitals, offices and facilities, 89 Tenet-affiliated centers and offices and eight non-Tenet hospitals and companies.
All of the cereal collected by both Sierra Vista and Twin Cities was donated to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, along with the more than $3,000 in monetary donations. The Food Bank is able to provide $10 of food for every dollar collected. Carrie White, Executive Assistant to the CEO, at Sierra Vista was an Honorable Mention recipient for Volunteer of the Year for her efforts coordinating this year’s cereal drive.