The Company will also launch a paid community service program for Minneapolis-based employees to redirect their work hours to serving hunger-relief nonprofits.
MINNEAPOLIS, April 17, 2020 /3BL Media/ – With urgent need for both food donations and volunteers stemming from COVID-19, General Mills – in partnership with Feeding America – is announcing two new initiatives to help address these challenges:
The company joins industry leaders to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund and offers marketing resources for restaurants struggling to remain open.
MINNEAPOLIS, April 16, 2020 /3BL Media/ — General Mills Foodservice announces efforts underway to help support the restaurant industry, including a $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) to help restaurant workers facing hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. The fund, launched by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), includes a nationwide fundraising campaign called “Restaurant Relief America” led by industry icon Guy Fieri.
With MealConnect, companies can help feed the hungry and stop fresh food from being thrown in the trash.
By Rena Sarigianopoulos
We're seeing it happen in real time. Restaurants are closing or reducing operations to take out only. Corporate cafeterias abandoned as employees work from home, and hotels that have no guests, but still have all that fresh food.
"It allows them a free and easy way to connect with hunger relief agencies that can pick up that food within a very short window so they're not paying for transportation, and they can get that food out to those most in need in a pretty quick turnaround time," says Mary Jane Melendez with General Mills.
For the past three summers, Mahamud Mberwa has woken each day before dawn, squeezing in four hours of Uber driving before he treks to the Somali Bantu Community Farm.
“People need to be able to grow the food that is part of their tradition and culture,” said Kristin Heltman-Weiss, one of the project’s organizers. “And they need that to stay healthy, especially here in America.”
Millions of kids go to school with an empty stomach, making it hard to learn. This is why General Mills has partnered with No Kid Hungry to expand school breakfast programs where there is the greatest need. Last year alone, our support helped ensure 13 million more meals are being served each year to help kids be their best.
In honor of International Women's Day this week, we want to highlight one of the female farmers we work with to grow cocoa for our products.
Meet Rebecca Mensah, a farmer in Ghana where cocoa farming is the primary occupation. Mensah is part of CARE's cocoa sustainability initiative. Because of the program, she said, "Now, I am able to provide support for my children’s education, because I have a source of income. This gives me the strength and opportunity to contribute to household decision-making."
At General Mills, we are proud to support many female leaders who are making a positive change in the world to nourish those facing hunger and to help nurture the earth. Learn about a sampling of these terrific women-led partner organizations and their impact in this video.
Every bite of the foods you love could have a positive impact on the earth. How we grow food can help restore natural resources, help address climate change and its effects on our communities, so General Mills has committed to advancing regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres by 2030.
General Mills provides $1.65 million grant for Soil Health Academy to assist wheat, oat producers transition from conventional ag practices
FT. PAYNE, Ala., February 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The non-profit Soil Health Academy (SHA) today announced it has received a $1.65 million grant from global food company General Mills to educate and mentor wheat and oat producers in targeted regions of the U.S. and Canada as they transition from conventional agricultural practices to soil health-focused regenerative agriculture practices.
To implement the three-year, mentoring, consulting and evaluation components of the project, SHA is partnering with the regenerative agriculture consulting company, Understanding Ag, LLC (UA).