Smart eating habits are key to good health. Recognizing that a lack of consistent access to nutritious food can disrupt an active, healthy lifestyle, the Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows campaign aims to help communities address food insecurity.
“At HCA Healthcare, caring for others is ingrained in what we do,” says Deana Campbell, development manager, Community Engagement. “We want to see people healthy and thriving. So when we have a chance to all join together and make an impact on the families within our community, our caregivers are all-in.”
At the national level, the campaign has succeeded by any measure, with 370,000 nutritious meals provided to families in need, including 77,830 donated by colleagues, 52,000 from colleague charitable donations and 240,000 from $60,000 in grants provided by the HCA Healthcare Foundation (from a food sculpture contest). But much like “Crush the Crisis,” the campaign’s most recognizable results are happening at the local level.
“In Texas, one in eight people struggles with food insecurity, and that includes one in every five children,” says Maria Martineau, AVP, Community Engagement, Medical City Healthcare in Dallas, Texas. “Those are staggering statistics. At Medical City Healthcare, we believe that Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows is one more way that we can make a genuine impact on those in need.”
To accomplish that objective, Medical City supports two local food banks — the North Texas and Tarrant Area food banks — along with numerous food pantries. Colleagues at Medical City have donated 130,000-plus
meals to 13 different food banks and pantries.
“We’re confident that we’re making a difference in the lives of thousands of people,” says Maria. “Our participation in Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows complements the long-standing nutrition education efforts of our award-winning Kids Teaching Kids program; it teaches healthy snacking habits to more than 20,000 elementary school students each year.”
Promoting healthy lifestyles, a stated goal of HCA Healthcare, is also one of Medical City Healthcare’s three community engagement priority areas, says Maria. “We’re so proud that the Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows drive and sculpture contest has become an integral part of our work. We’re an organization of caregivers, and, at Medical City Healthcare and across our 16 hospitals, our colleagues responded to this call for help with great passion and enthusiasm.”