Helping the hungry in Minnesota
Employees across General Mills, all around the world, have a long track record of helping those in need.
This week we’re kicking off our annual Food & Fund Drive campaign at our headquarters, which aims to collect food and raise money for people in Minnesota who could benefit from a helping hand.
“People are hungry, not just at a distance, but they are hungry in our own neighborhoods,” says Shawn O’Grady, senior vice president at General Mills, and president of Sales and Channel Development, and the 2014 Food and Fund Drive Campaign Ambassador. “When you work for a food company, to see hungry people in your very own communities tells you just how big of a need this is. There is no greater basic need than feeding your family.”
In this video, Shawn talks about our partners in the campaign and how it reflects our mission of Nourishing Lives.
You can listen to my entire conversation about the Food & Fund Drive with Shawn in this audio clip.
The Food & Fund Drive’s goal this week is to raise $120,000 in monetary donations and food. The General Mills Foundation will provide a two-for-one match on all donations. So an employee’s $50 donation actually means $150 with the match, which is what Second Harvest Heartland needs to provide a family of five with meals for a year.
Employees are donating online, bringing in food donations, and participating in an online auction, raffle and other activities to raise money for the campaign.