More than 13,000 Breakfast Servings Donated to Local Food Bank

ARLINGTON, VA – As part of its mission to feed families and enrich lives, FMI – The Food Industry Association today announces the results of its virtual FMI Midwinter Executive Conference initiative with Kellogg Company, donating more than 13,000 servings of cereal to the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, the live event’s original location.

“With an increased interest on staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, food retailers and suppliers continue to be key partners for health and well-being in the communities they serve for employees and customers alike,” Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN, FMI director of health and well-being said.

During the online event session titled, Offense is Your Best Defense, FMI and Kellogg focused on overall health and well-being initiatives and highlighted “power play” examples with executive leadership support from: Northgate Gonzalez Market, K-VA-T Food City, Publix, Kroger, Wakefern, and FMI. As registered dietitians, Register and Sarah Ludmer, Kellogg Company senior director of well-being and regulatory affairs, challenged food industry executives to explore ideas to leverage food for health with a purpose in their communities, with their employees, their customers, and ultimately for themselves personally.

“Kellogg offered to donate 150 servings of cereal per person who attended its sponsored session at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference,” said Ludmer. “It’s all part of our commitment to nourishing our neighbors and ensuring access to food for those that need it most.”

St. Mary’s Food Bank is part of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Register said, “The partnership between FMI and Feeding America remains critically important, and we are grateful for the good will among so many great partners all along the food supply chain like the Kellogg Company.”

The grocery industry has a long history of supporting local food banks through Feeding America and other organizations across the country. In 2020, the grocery industry was responsible for donating 1.5 billion meals to Feeding America.