ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Rescue Mission, which served hundreds of thousands of meals to people in need last year, will get a much-needed kitchen upgrade thanks to a donation from the General Mills Foundation.
General Mills, which operates a food processing plant in Belvidere, will donate $15,000 to the rescue mission that will go toward heavily-used food service areas.
“What a blessing for our residents, guests and staff,” said Sherry Pitney, Rockford Rescue Mission CEO. “Our kitchen and dining areas get heavy, constant use. We needed to replace and upgrade some of our older equipment, and this gift makes it possible.”
Under the foundation’s Hometown Grantmaking program, General Mills employees make grant recommendations and organize volunteer opportunities. Belvidere General Mills volunteers have helped the mission serve and prepare meals, and the company often donates food.
“General Mills has been a proud partner to Rockford Rescue Mission over the years,” said Ken Haak, logistics planner, Belvidere plant, General Mills. “Through our local grant program, we’re able to help be a force for good in the greater Rockford community and support Rockford Rescue Mission’s efforts to provide hot meals and a place to sleep for those in need.”
The Rockford Rescue Mission provided 158,540 meals during the 2019-20 fiscal year. This equates to an average of 433 meals a day, 365 days a year.
Among the new items the grant will provide are heavy-duty food storage racks; stainless steel food preparation table; cafeteria tables; a tablet and software for checking in volunteers; and a commercial grade, electric can opener, capable of opening hundreds of canned goods daily.
To learn more about the Rockford Rescue Mission’s programs and services, or to donate online, visit rockfordrescuemission.org.