Community Service Award: General Mills
Continuing a tradition of community service
For the fourth year in a row, a group of cheerful volunteers came into Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center on a November evening to serve Thanksgiving dinners to the families there.
General Mills has made a tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner at Northside the Thursday before the holiday. They also send families home with heaping grocery sacks of General Mills’ food.
“The community action committee put together this event and said, you know what, out of the brands General Mills has, we can actually put together almost a complete Thanksgiving meal, whether it’s mashed potatoes or green beans or stuffing, we make all of those things,” said Scott Yokiel, General Mills. It takes a bit of planning and 40-50 volunteers to bring the dinner to fruition each year, and folks from General Mills do it eagerly. Families at Northside look forward to the event, too.
“The General Mills event has plenty of volunteers and lots of positive energy. Not too often do the families get to sit back and enjoy a meal together and on this night, that’s what happens,” said Kim Osborn, program director at Northside.
Their impact is not only felt at Northside, but at sites throughout the agency. For more than three decades, General Mills and the General Mills Foundation have shared gifts of money, time and resources with Catholic Charities. General Mills is recognized this year as recipients of the Community Service Award, which is presented to an organization at our annual Saint Nicholas Dinner for outstanding partnership in advancing our mission. Thank you, General Mills!