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General Mills Foundation gives $200,000 to launch new Habitat for Humanity student building project in the Gulf Coast

AMERICUS, Ga. (July 10, 2006) – The General Mills Foundation and Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Programs department will launch the General Mills Gulf Coast Student Building project. General Mills has contributed $200,000 to the project that allows students to spend seven to 10 days as a part of a team working with Operation Home Delivery, Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane recovery program.

Trips will include a week of building Habitat houses in partnership with hurricane-affected families in the Gulf Coast while learning about poverty housing in the area and what students can do to make a positive and long-lasting difference.

“General Mills and Habitat share the goal of engaging young people in community development projects and empowering them as leaders today and tomorrow,” said Ellen Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation. “Both organizations see young people as an integral part of society with a true capacity for positive change. Through this program, General Mills and Habitat for Humanity ultimately seek to make the world a better place by improving communities.”

As part of the program, General Mills will provide the opportunity for three groups of 25 young people, ages 18-25, to join together with Habitat for Humanity to help build simple, decent and affordable housing in the Gulf Coast.

“This project will encourage the participants, as active and responsible citizens, to take up the challenge of eliminating substandard housing in communities,” said Desiree Adaway, director of Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Programs. “The students will also participate in workshops conducted by Habitat where they will learn about poverty housing and how they can make a difference in their communities as young leaders.”
Trips will begin in July and continue through March 2007. For more information about the General Mills Gulf Coast Student Building Project, please e-mail dadaway@habitat.org

About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. Its global brand portfolio includes Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso and more. It also has more than 100 U.S. consumer brands, more than 30 of which generate annual retail sales in excess of $100 million. General Mills is also a leading supplier of baking and other food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.