General Mills awards $130,000 to local organizations

ENCOURAGEMENT: Reed City Yoplait Plant Manager Amy Frey (left) and Violet Moore speak to children at Trinity Lutheran School about the importance of staying active and eating healthy with help from a $5,000 grant presented on Oct. 16. (Pioneer photo/Karin Armbruster)

ENCOURAGEMENT: Reed City Yoplait Plant Manager Amy Frey (left) and Violet Moore speak to children at Trinity Lutheran School about the importance of staying active and eating healthy with help from a $5,000 grant presented on Oct. 16. (Pioneer photo/Karin Armbruster)

REED CITY — Nineteen organizations and entities across the area received $130,000 in grants from the Yoplait Reed City Community Action Council and the General Mills Foundation, which provides funding to local organizations, schools and others who assist the community.

Grants were awarded on Oct. 16, with some plant employees traveling to a handful of locations to personally congratulate recipients. One of those locations was Trinity Lutheran School, which received a check for $5,000 to help purchase physical activity equipment and games children can use indoors and outdoors.

“We’re extremely excited to receive the grant,” said Trinity Lutheran School Interim Principal Connie Jonsson. “Most of the physical activities are held in the narthex because we don’t have a gymnasium. Yoplait and General Mills has provided us with a lot of items the children can use during that time. We’re really grateful they’re giving us the opportunity to have those things.”

Such items include tricycles, adjustable basketball hoops, scooters and a bowling set.

New Yoplait Plant Manager Amy Frey enjoyed meeting members of the community who benefit from the foundation grants and seeing specific individuals who are impacted.

“It’s great,” she said. “When we get to see the physical enjoyment individuals and the kids get from these grants, it makes us remember what this is all about.”

Cran-Hill Ranch, which has been awarded $9,000, will use the grant money to help host a popular free winter even for families, said Executive Director Scott Barger.

“We’re always excited about Yoplait’s and General Mills’ partnership with our Winterfest,” Barger added. “We’re pleased to be blessed and to be chosen by them.”

Winterfest takes place over two weekends in January and February, offering free food and winter activities for thousands of attendees.

“It’s a great free day for the community, thanks to Yoplait and other community businesses who donate,” Barger said.

Frey said one of the goals of the foundation is to “nourish lives.”

“We want to continue to invest in making our community better,” she added.

The 2015 recipients are as follows:

  • Angels of Action — $8,000.
  • Baldwin Community Schools — $5,000.
  • Big Rapids Middle School — $7,500.
  • Cadillac Area Public Schools — $6,000.
  • City of Big Rapids — $6,000.
  • Cran-Hill Ranch — $9,000.
  • Daystar Christian Academy — $5,000.
  • Eagle Village — $5,000.
  • Evart Middle School — $6,500.
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan — $9,000.
  • Hesperia Community Schools — $5,000.
  • Michigan 4-H Foundation — $7,500.
  • Morley Stanwood Community Schools — $7,000.
  • Northern Michigan Christian School Association — $6,000.
  • Pathfinder Community Library — $5,000.
  • Pineview Homes — $5,000.
  • Reed City Area Public Schools — $15,000.
  • SpringHill Camps — $7,500.
  • Trinity Lutheran School — $5,000.
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Posted by Karin Armbruster

Karin is the reporter for Osceola County’s Herald Review. She is the coordinator of the Health page, which runs in the weekend edition of the Pioneer. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8382 or by e-mail at karmbruster@pioneergroup.com.

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