Kellogg wouldn't survive without its community, a spokeswoman said, and that's why the company wants to give back to Omaha.
“We live and work here,” said Betty Mabry, human resources generalist at the cereal manufacturer's plant near 96th and F Streets. “We need to build this community.”
Each year, Kellogg budgets money for community donations, Mabry said. Some years, part of that goes to The World-Herald's Goodfellows charity, which provides one-time emergency assistance and holiday meal certificates to needy people in our area.
Last year, Kellogg Co. donated $1,000 to Goodfellows.
“We're very fortunate here at Kellogg,” Mabry said. “The company takes care of us, as far as jobs and benefits. We need to give back to those who may not have the same opportunities.”
The company also encourages its employees to individually support their neighbors, and many go above and beyond, Mabry said.
Throughout the holidays, employees at Kellogg bring gifts for a Salvation Army Angel Tree, winter layers for a coat drive and cans for the Food Bank. If employees are passionate about a particular cause — the Humane Society, for example — they often fill donation boxes on their own initiative.
“Our employees are great,” Mabry said. “We usually have to bring out more boxes.”