Dec 13, 2017 • By

Rescuing food for those in need

Tender turkey. Savory stuffing. Creamy mashed potatoes. And oodles of rich, delicious gravy. Mmmmmm.

What if you couldn’t feed your family a special holiday meal?

Or any meal, for that matter?

In Minnesota, home to our headquarters, one in 10 families struggles with hunger. To address this issue, General Mills partners with Second Harvest Heartland to ensure that surplus food is recovered and provided to those in need through food shelves and community feeding agencies.

In this video, learn how the organization impacts the community by getting food to those facing hunger, instead of a landfill.

Second Harvest Heartland’s impact last year alone included providing 80 million meals distributed to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs.


Nicola Dixon, associate director of the General Mills Foundation, says the company’s partnership with Second Harvest Heartland supports its philanthropic efforts to alleviate hunger by increasing food security, rescue surplus food and keep it out of landfills, and to strengthen its hometown communities.

“We know many families have to make difficult decisions, even during the holiday season. Some must choose between paying their heating bill, over buying food for their families,” says Dixon. “We are especially grateful for our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, as families get the food they need not only during the holidays, but year-round.”


Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, says General Mills is a key partner in supporting Second Harvest Heartland’s mission to end hunger through community partnerships.


He explains, “General Mills has been a vital partner in Second Harvest Heartland’s mission to end hunger, through years of product donations, industry expertise, volunteerism, significant financial support and leadership. Beyond the crucially important work of feeding families every day, General Mills has helped advance innovative and systemic approaches to hunger relief that are changing results for the better, not just in Minnesota but also nationwide.”

Here’s to holiday meals and full bellies for all.

Learn more about our work with Second Harvest Heartland in this recent blog post.

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