Nov 28, 2017 • By

Pillsbury helps rebuild family’s kitchen

When General Mills employees in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, heard about a home there that was severely damaged by a fire earlier this year, they wanted to do something to help.  

Murfreesboro just happens to be where we have a location that produces, among other brands, Pillsbury dough. 

The plant, and the Pillsbury team at our headquarters, reached out to the Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity and started planning a big surprise for the homeowner and her family.  


Renovations on Netana’s home wrapped recently. She walked in to see a new kitchen, including appliances and various General Mills products. All just in time for her family to bake up new memories this holiday season.  

Hear from Netana and some of the people who helped rebuild her home, in this video.

Netana says her kitchen is one of the most important rooms in her house. 

“I have a bunch of girls. I have three grandbabies who are girls and two daughters, and I want to make sure they know how to cook,” says Netana. “I’m always in the kitchen. And that’s just where it starts, as long as their bellies are full they’re happy. The kitchen is very important, especially during the holidays when we all get together.” 


Joanna Hargus, a senior marketing manager with Pillsbury, says, “Pillsbury’s brand purpose is to help families make more homemade memories. We do that through our delicious food and recipe inspiration, but we wanted to do more this year. 


The Pillsbury team presents Netana with her keys and a sign featuring her “House Rules” during the dedication ceremony for her home that was renovated following a fire.

“This partnership with Habitat for Humanity allows us help renovate homes for families who have been displaced to ensure they can stay in their homes and continue to keep up their family traditions made at home.” 

In addition to support for the local home renovation, Pillsbury donated baking equipment to the Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity ReStores, as well as ReStores in the Houston, Texas, area to support people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement centers. 

For more than three decades, the General Mills Foundation has supported the work of Habitat for Humanity, including more than $3.5 million in grants plus the volunteerism of hundreds of employees across the U.S. 


Terri Shultz, executive director of the Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, explains why our 11-year partnership in Murfreesboro was especially appreciated for Netana’s kitchen rebuild, in this audio clip.

And we feel just as thankful that we’re able to help out in our communities around the world. 


Richard Luneack, the project coordinator at our Murfreesboro plant who coordinated the employee volunteers for Netana’s kitchen rebuild, talks about the importance of community and volunteerism at General Mills, in this audio clip.

At General Mills, it’s our mission to serve the world by making food people love, and we’re proud we were able to help Netana continue to serve her family the food they love in a kitchen they love.  

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