Despite living in a place of abundance, visits to food banks are increasing for the residents in Mississauga, Ontario, where General Mills’ Canadian headquarters is located.
Using the learnings from our investment in a few of our other hometown communities of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Buffalo, New York, we’re using an innovative model that aims to enable local know-how and leadership, with the partnership of United Way, to advance and sustain lasting solutions to hunger and lack of food access in Mississauga.
By Nicola Dixon | Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation
The daunting facts – 820 million people today remain malnourished and hungry, while one-third of all food produced for human consumption each year is wasted or lost – can leave some with the belief that our global food system is irrevocably broken; imbalanced to such a tragic degree that significant improvement couldn’t possibly be attainable.
Yet that kind of resignation, if left unchecked, poses a dangerous threat to our collective ability to make real and lasting progress.
General Mills investment will increase access to nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food in Mississauga
October 16, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Today, United Way Greater Toronto is announcing support to increase food security in Peel Region. Funded through a $1-million investment from General Mills, United Way will launch six Community Food System Grants in Mississauga and promote community education in a two-year food security initiative. This initiative is focused on going beyond the traditional food distribution model by connecting community agencies, residents and partners across the food system to increase access to food.
Cascadian Farm is committed to helping create a larger-scale market for Kernza®, a perennial wheat grass, by 2040.
While the modern food system is focused narrowly around the principles of efficiency, productivity, and mechanization, Kernza represents an opportunity to expand our agricultural metrics of success beyond yield to also consider a holistic set of qualities including soil health and prevention of nutrient runoff.
Building on our longstanding commitment to organic agriculture, we’re helping advance regenerative farming practices that build soil health, foster biodiversity, and promote resilient farming communities.
Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, causing catastrophic damage, leaving more than 70,000 people and pets homeless.
Hundreds of pets have been evacuated from the Bahamas until they can be reunited with their owners. During this time, dogs and cats are being cared for by several pet rescue organizations that are supported by Feeding America member, Treasure Coast Food Bank, in Fort Pierce, Florida.
As a food company, we want farming and food to be an exciting career opportunity for the next generation.
Through funding from the General Mills Foundation, The Stone Barns Center is collaborating with the National Young Farmers Coalition and Arizona State University to design, develop, and launch a 6-month farmer fellowship program focused on regenerative agriculture. We are supporting the program’s development and first year pilot.
In 2018, Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, EPIC Provisions, and Muir Glen joined together as a new Operating Unit within General Mills. We proudly named our group of brands after our fierce collective commitment to mission: The Triple Bottom Line Operating Unit is committed to driving positive outcomes for the planet, people, and profit.
Accounting for the triple bottom line helps our operating unit grow responsibly by:
Across Asia, Africa, India and Latin America, General Mills and our employees are making a powerful difference to ensure that our communities and the environment we depend on can flourish for generations to come.
Employees at our World Headquarters recently packed 500 relief kits for Feeding America’s disaster preparedness program. The kits will be used to help those affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes. Donated items included Cheerios, Hamburger Helper, water, peanut butter, dry soup, and more.