Making a Diference in Our Hometown
W.K. Kellogg founded Kellogg in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA in 1906. Ever since then, we’ve been proud to call Battle Creek our hometown and to do our part to help make our community a great place to live, work and play. Over the past 10 years alone, our company and employees have pledged more than $34 million to United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. We continue to be the largest donor to the annual campaign. We’ve also contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, and our employees have volunteered tens of thousands of hours at local organizations; this includes nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer service just in 2018.
As an active, engaged member of the community, we’re working with Battle Creek Unlimited, BC Vision and community leaders to help ensure a strong, vibrant community for the future. For example, in 2018, Kellogg and one of its charitable funds donated $500,000 to Northern Initiatives for small business development. We also sponsor annual community events including Cereal Festival, Field of Flight and the Festival of Lights that help drive community engagement and economic development. And in 2018, we invited community members into our headquarters to view artwork by local students during the city’s annual Fall into the Arts, which significantly boosted traffic for the event and downtown vendors.
Our support of our hometown extends beyond corporate initiatives. Our Business/Employee Resource Groups also support Battle Creek. For example:
The KMERG multinational employee resource group partnered with the Battle Creek Community Foundation to support the Battle Creek International Festival.
K Pride and Allies sponsored the local Pride Parade.
In honor of U.S. Veterans’ Day, Kellogg welcomed retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Pat Foote to Kellogg headquarters to discuss her storied career and gender equity in the military. During her visit, KVETS & Supporters invited local military service members to attend her presentation and arranged for General Foote to visit the local U.S. Air National Guard base.
Women of Kellogg volunteered throughout the year at the Foodbank of South Central Michigan’s local food distribution sites.
Kellogg has one facility in Battle Creek where we make cereal and two facilities in our home state of Michigan where we make other foods. We also work with six co-manufacturers and 58 ingredient suppliers to promote local sourcing.