Community Engagement

Sep 21, 2017

National Box Tops for Education Week kicks off coast-to-coast fundraising

As each school year approaches, schools and teachers gather the supplies and equipment they need to provide effective learning for students. But too often, gaps in funding force schools to make difficult decisions about what they need the most. For more than 20 years, one program has been helping bridge that gap for schools across the country, and in late September, supporters are gearing up to raise more money than ever.

Jun 08, 2017

General Mills continues clean energy leadership

General Mills has taken another step toward its climate goal with the signing of a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100-megawatts (MW) of its Cactus Flats wind project. The wind project will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that can be applied toward the company’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. During the peak of construction, the project will create about 250 jobs in the clean energy workforce.

Apr 11, 2017

General Mills reports progress on global responsibility

General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. General Mills continues to make significant progress toward nutrition improvements and sustainable sourcing of their food, as well as climate and pollinator protection – all key highlights of this year’s report.

Mar 09, 2017

Honey Nut Cheerios’ BuzzBee missing from iconic cereal box for important cause

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Shoppers may notice something unusual about the boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios on grocery store shelves this spring -- "BuzzBee," the brand’s iconic spokesbee, is missing and there's a very important reason why. Buzz disappeared from boxes because there's something serious going on with the world's pollinators.

Mar 07, 2017

Cascadian Farm invests in Kernza® perennial grain with promising restorative benefits for farms

ANAHEIM, California – Cascadian Farm, a pioneer in the organic food movement, and parent company General Mills today announced their work with The Land Institute to help commercialize organic Kernza, a perennial grain and wild relative of annual wheat, whose deep roots show promise to increase soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention and enhance surrounding wildlife habitat. The sweet- and nutty-tasting grain lends itself particularly well as an ingredient for cereal and snacks.

Jan 26, 2017

General Mills recognized as world leader for corporate action on climate change

General Mills has been recognized as a global climate leader and has been named to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) Climate A-List, Supplier Engagement Leader Board and Supplier Climate A-List. The company is among the 9 percent of global corporations participating in CDP’s climate change program to be awarded a position on the Climate A-List, in recognition of its performance and actions to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change in the past reporting year.

Jan 09, 2017

Civil rights activist, author Myrlie Evers-Williams to be keynote Speaker at MLK Holiday Breakfast

Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights leader, author and wife of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will give the keynote speech at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Apr 13, 2016

General Mills reports progress on global responsibility commitments

Today, General Mills released its 2016 Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company’s goals and progress in the areas of health and wellness, sustainability, workplace and community engagement.

Feb 10, 2016

General Mills celebrates 150 Years of innovation, invention, food and fun

General Mills announces its 150th birthday today with plans for a year-long celebration. To celebrate its impact on a century and a half of food around the world, General Mills will share and highlight nostalgic food memorabilia from its historical archives. And honoring its journey of developing leading brands, life-changing inventions and cultural icons, General Mills is pledging “a future of continued innovation – and striving to help make its communities and the world a better place.”

Jan 18, 2016

Former Governor Deval Patrick reflects on the true American dream at the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, urged a sold-out audience at this morning’s 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on January 18 to reflect on the parallels between the American dream and Dr. King’s legacy.

Jan 12, 2016

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to Headline 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast Jan. 18

Former two-time Governor of Massachusetts and author Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote speech at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is the 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast, which is organized in partnership by the General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Apr 07, 2015

General Mills reports progress on Global Responsibility commitments

General Mills released its annual Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company’s approach to creating economic, environmental and social value in the countries where it operates. General Mills reports progress on the most material topics related to its business – health and wellness, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement.

Jan 19, 2015

Vernon Jordan calls for renewed hope, meaningful action at the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Today, Vernon E. Jordan, renowned civil rights leader, presidential advisor, attorney and business leader, delivered the keynote address at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday breakfast on the theme “Infinite Hope, Meaningful Action.”

Dec 08, 2014

General Mills recognized for commitment to community by Bloomberg LP and Points of Light

General Mills was recognized today as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by Points of Light in partnership with Bloomberg LP.

Apr 29, 2014

General Mills makes joint commitment with Walmart to protect environment and strengthen agricultural communities

General Mills chairman and chief executive officer Ken Powell joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon to announce a commitment to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The announcement was made in Bentonville, Ark., at Walmart’s first ever Sustainability Product Expo.

Apr 16, 2014

General Mills reports progress on global responsibility committments

General Mills has released its annual Global Responsibility Report, outlining its approach to creating economic, environmental and social value in the countries where it operates. The company reported progress in the areas most material to its business – health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement.

Jan 20, 2014

Donna Brazile emphasizes the importance of service at the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Today, Donna Brazile, well-known political commentator, strategist and author, encouraged the audience at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast to judge success not by wealth, but by the quality of service to others.

Sep 05, 2013

General Mills launches $1.1 million sustainable sourcing program in Peru

As part of the General Mills long term sustainable sourcing program, the company and its Foundation announced a four-year joint commitment with supplier partner AgroMantaro to provide $1.1 million to help smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru increase yields and improve profitability. The new program will reach nearly 100 small-scale artichoke farmers in Peru.

Feb 28, 2013

General Mills Foundation joins new Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Today, during an event where First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the need for increased physical activity opportunities in schools, the General Mills Foundation committed $10 million to help implement the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a comprehensive, school-based fitness assessment program.

Feb 20, 2013

Häagen-Dazs and General Mills to help smallholder farmers increase yields and improve sustainability practices in Madagascar

General Mills and Häagen-Dazs today announced an initiative designed to foster greater economic vitality for smallholder vanilla farmers in Madagascar and ensure the availability of high quality vanilla for future generations.

Jan 21, 2013

Marian Wright Edelman urges focus on education at the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Annual event sponsored by the General Mills Foundation and UNCF drew a crowd of nearly 2,000.

Dec 03, 2012

Marian Wright Edelman will deliver keynote address for 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will deliver the keynote speech at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Nov 01, 2012

General Mills commits $250,000 to aid relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy

In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the United States Monday and Tuesday, General Mills and the General Mills Foundation today announced a commitment of $250,000 to aid disaster relief efforts.

Oct 29, 2012

Nominate community volunteers for Local and Emerging Legend awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast Committee is seeking Minnesota-based nominations for its annual Local and Emerging Legend awards program.

Oct 18, 2012

General Mills CEO says company is 'hungry to help' food producers in Africa

At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue General Mills CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to fight hunger in Africa through collaboration and employee volunteerism.

Jun 04, 2012

General Mills celebrates Twin Cities communities of color through annual grant program

The General Mills Foundation today announced 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities with programs designed to improve the lives of people within the local communities of color.

Apr 26, 2012

General Mills Foundation celebrates Champions for Healthy Kids' 10th anniversary

The General Mills Foundation, in collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, announced the recipients of its 2012 Champions for Healthy Kids grants. As part of the program’s 10 year anniversary, 10 ‘best of the best’ legacy award recipients were selected from previous Champions for Healthy Kids grantees. Each organization was awarded $50,000 to continue their proven programming to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors among youth.

Apr 04, 2012

General Mills releases 2012 Global Responsibility Report

General Mills today released its 2012 Global Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s progress in the areas of health, communities and environment.

Nov 29, 2011

Naomi Tutu keynote speaker for 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Global human rights activist Naomi Tutu will share her passion for race and gender equality at the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

Nov 18, 2011

Nominate community volunteers for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast Committee is seeking nominations for the annual Local Legend and Emerging Legend awards.

Aug 29, 2011

General Mills Foodservice awards $100,000 in grants to 39 K-12 schools

General Mills Foodservice has awarded grants up to $3,000 each to 39 K-12 schools across the country through the National Dairy Council Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program. A total of $100,000 in funding was awarded to help schools build or expand their breakfast programs.

Jun 15, 2011

National Dairy Council and General Mills Foodservice to award $100,000 in grants

General Mills Foodservice has committed $100,000 to help K-12 schools improve or expand their breakfast programs through the National Dairy Council® Fuel UpTM Breakfast Grant program.

Jun 07, 2011

General Mills pledges $1 million to fight hunger in Minnesota

General Mills joined corporations and community partners from across Minnesota today to launch Hunger-Free Minnesota, a three-year initiative with the goal of sustainably adding 100 million meals annually for hungry children and adults in the state. General Mills today pledged $1 million in financial support which will be used to fund initiatives that will expand existing programs and increase efficiencies within the emergency food system, the Minnesota Food Support Program and Child Nutrition Programs.

Jun 02, 2011

General Mills pledges long-term support for North Minneapolis

At a monthly gathering of community leaders from the Hawthorne neighborhood of North Minneapolis, the General Mills Foundation announced plans for long-term support of North Minneapolis’ rebuilding efforts following the devastating tornadoes that struck the area a week ago. Today’s announcement is in addition to the General Mills Foundation’s previous pledge of $25,000 to support immediate disaster response efforts in North Minneapolis.

Apr 11, 2011

General Mills employees “Think Global, Volunteer Local” in conjunction with National Volunteer Week

General Mills today kicks off its annual “Think Global, Volunteer Local” campaign, a series of global volunteer projects that celebrates two of the company’s core values – volunteerism and sustainability.

Mar 24, 2011

General Mills releases 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

General Mills today announced the availability of its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report covering the company’s progress on health, community and environmental initiatives. The report can be viewed or downloaded on the company’s new CSR website.

Feb 10, 2011

General Mills donates 1 million servings of whole grain, partners with “The Doctors”’ Dr. Travis Stork to help close America’s whole grain gap

As the country’s number one source of whole grain at breakfast, General Mills is helping close the whole grain gap by donating 1 million servings of whole grain cereal and challenging Americans to increase their whole grain consumption.

Dec 13, 2010

General Mills, CARE and Country Music Star Lee Ann Womack join forces to fight poverty in Africa through JoinMyVillage.com

Join My Village, a “click to commit” social change initiative, is launching the second year of its online community with a new partner: American country music singer and songwriter Lee Ann Womack.

Dec 02, 2010

Mayor of Newark Cory Booker to speak at 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Mayor of Newark Cory Booker to speak at 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast; tickets on sale at MLKBreakfast.org

Dec 01, 2010

Box Tops For Education® program further expands to help schools make the grade

Land O’Lakes, Welch’s and Brita join Box Tops For Education program during 2010-2011 school year

Oct 28, 2010

Nominate community volunteers for the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast Committee is now seeking nominations for the annual Local Legend and Emerging Legend awards.

Aug 03, 2010

General Mills expands Feeding Dreams® program: Community champions in 10 southeastern cities recognized

In its third year, Feeding Dreams has generated a strong following and much excitement. Continuing the grassroots program’s legacy of celebrating everyday heroes who are doing extraordinary things, General Mills is expanding its reach from four to 10 southeastern markets to recognize Black Community Champions who selflessly volunteer to improve their neighborhoods.

Apr 16, 2010

General Mills Employees Think Global, Volunteer Local April 19 - 23

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and National Volunteer Week, General Mills is kicking off a coordinated series of global volunteer projects through a program called “Think Global, Volunteer Local.”

Jan 18, 2010

Civil Rights Leader Joseph Lowery Speaks at 20th Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery encouraged others to reaffirm their dedication to social justice at the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday.

Jun 03, 2009

Record-breaking year leads to $50 million for U.S. schools through Box Tops for Education

School supporters earn $300 million to support education during the program’s 12-year history