Employees, physicians and volunteers at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital raised a record $24,741 and collected 37 pounds of food during its Annual Food Drive for Southeast Area Ministries (SeAM).
“I’m so proud of our employees, physicians, and volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives and serving our community,” says Kyle Price, Sr. Vice President, CEO, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “As health care providers, we know the importance of a healthy diet and the serious implications a lack of food can have on a child’s physical and mental health.”
According to the Houston Food Bank, roughly one in four children are at risk of hunger in southeast Texas. Southeast Area Ministries works to provide food to nearly 2,000 families across southeast Houston each month.
“This donation is a vital part of our ministry and we are extremely grateful to the physicians, administration and staff at Memorial Hermann Southeast,” says Daer Platt, SeAM’s director of operations. “Donations like this are so important, especially in the middle of the year. I’m not sure we could make it through the summer without this kind of generosity and support.”
SeAM, working in close partnership with the Houston Food Bank, can turn just a few dollars into food for two to three days because of the organization’s bulk and discounted food buying power. The charity provides food, clothing, household and financial assistance for those in need in southeast Houston.
Memorial Hermann Southeast Chaplaincy Services and Partners in Caring raised awareness and donations for its Annual Food Drive through a raffle, bake sales, and other unit and department fundraisers.