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Volunteers from several organizations join together to load food into cars at General Mills Park.


By Anne Eickstadt


On Tuesday, June 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. General Mills, in partnership with the Belvidere Family YMCA, hosted a mobile food pantry at General Mills Park, 301 Highline St. General Mills employees raised the money to hold the food pantry. Families received groceries, including meat and dairy. The Northern Illinois Food Bank brought enough food to provide for 250 families and food was first come, first served, while supplies lasted.

“This event is to provide food to members of the community that are insecure in their food supply,” said Kristina Govern, General Mills Plant Manager. “From the General Mills perspective, we chose to sponsor an event like this to provide food the world loves and needs. This fits right in.

“I also think that different organizations coming together in the community is paramount right now to get us through the toughest times we have seen. We take our role in serving the community seriously. That is our mission. Our employees and company both donated money for this event.

“We are hiring as well.”

Those seeking a job can go online to visit\careers, about applying for a job at General Mills.

Volunteers include individuals from Belvidere Police Dept., Tobin and Ramon, Belvidere North National Honor Society, Belvidere High School students and Michael Preston, BHS Junior Varsity assistant coach, Belvidere Barracudas, City of Belvidere’s Mayor Mike Chamberlain, Midland States Bank, the Boone County Sherriff’s Office, and the General Mills Leadership Team.

The Belvidere Family YMCA hands out 200 grab and go meals, provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank, weekdays at the site from 10 a.m. to noon. This initiative is a collaboration between the City of Belvidere, Belvidere Police Dept. and the Belvidere Family YMCA.


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