As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more companies are stepping up to ease food insecurity worries. General Mills has recently announced it will manufacture and immediately donate $5 million worth of product through its new partnership with Feeding America. The food company also stated it will create an option for employees to work at food-related charities in the Twin Cities while retaining their regular pay.
"During these unprecedented times we know that our food and our employees can play an important role in helping feed people facing hunger in our communities,” said Jeff Harmening, Chairman and CEO of General Mills. “Our teams are proud to produce food the world loves and needs right now when there is such a critical demand.”
According to a press release, General Mills has developed a “manufacture to donate” initiative that will provide $5 million worth of food—including whole grain cereals, frozen whole grain waffles, and granola bars—for Feeding America to distribute within its network of 200 food banks in response to the pandemic. The General Mills manufacturing plant in Chanhassen, Minnesota, is among the locations making food for this charitable initiative.
This product donation is the latest in a series of actions the company recently announced to support its employees and communities in response to the impact of COVID-19, including $5 million in charitable grants from the General Mills Foundation to support food access and other basic needs in its key global markets and manufacturing communities around the world.
These contributions supplement the $21 million in cash given by General Mills and its Foundation last year, along with more than $40 million worth of food product donations provided by General Mills to nonprofit food bank partners to help ensure food security across global communities.
The press release further stated General Mills employees who are unable to perform the tasks of their usual jobs remotely during the pandemic or have extra time during their day can now sign up for volunteer work assignments at a non-profit in their community while receiving regular pay from General Mills.
“General Mills' unique offer to deploy its manufacturing lines and its employees will help Feeding America network food banks meet people's rising need for food assistance,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “We are deeply grateful for General Mills’ contribution during this crisis and for its 40 years of support of our mission."
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