Texas Health Resources Food Drive Collects More Than 590,000 Items For Area Shelters
07/25/2008

ARLINGTON, Texas – Summer is the greatest time of need for food shelters and to meet those needs, Texas Health Resources, the largest health system in North Texas, recently completed a systemwide food drive that collected more than 590,000 cans for local beneficiaries.

Texas Health Resources hosts its annual food drive in June because local shelters and nonprofit organizations identified summer as the toughest time to keep their shelves stocked.

“The summer months are when children go hungry more, since school is out for vacation,” said Melissa Roberts, chairwoman of the Texas Health Resources corporate office food drive and a system compliance coding analyst. “Their need is greatest in the summer.”

All Texas Health Resources hospitals participated in the food drive. Money and food items collected were distributed among area shelters, including SafeHaven. The Arlington corporate office of Texas Health Resources donated 40,905 items to SafeHaven.

“We are thrilled that Texas Health Resources has chosen SafeHaven as a beneficiary for its food drive,” said SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley. “We have served 65,313 meals and 43,542 snacks in our two emergency shelter locations from January to June and deeply appreciate Texas Health Resources’ help with feeding Tarrant County’s victims of domestic violence.”

Texas Health Resources surpassed its overall 2008 goal by nearly 48 percent. Since the food drive began in 2002, Texas Health Resources employees and volunteers have donated nearly 3 million canned food items to area shelters.

“The food drive is just one way that Texas Health Resources employees demonstrate their commitment to the communities in which they live and work,” said Debbie Paganelli, president of Harris Methodist HEB Hospital and chairwoman of the 2008 Food Drive. “Every entity within Texas Health Resources system stepped up and donated a significant number of items to designated charities across North Texas.”

Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital collected the most items, at a grand total of 161,829 items to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas donated 99,387 items to the North Texas Food Bank.

Each entity within Texas Health Resources was encouraged to promote the food drive and develop incentives for participation. The corporate office held a cooking competition among executives selected by employee donations. A silent auction with items donated internally and from the surrounding business community also raised money this year.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.