COVINGTON — As part of General Mills’ Hometown Grant Program, 19 community organizations in Covington and the surrounding area have received more than $250,000 in grant money.

Honorees were treated to a breakfast banquet Friday morning at the General Mills west plant on Industrial Boulevard.

“I can see after being here only a year and a half why so many people want to stay here or come back to Covington,”said Josh Anderson, Covington plant manager and 20-year employee of General Mills. “We appreciate every little thing you have done for our community. We understand that what you do is not easy and it is challenging and we feel it is our responsibility to stay closely connected and uphold a partnership with each and every one of you. You’re the ones who have allowed us to call Covington home for over 29 years.”

Since the induction of the grant program, General Mills has given over $7.2 million dollars back to Newton County.

“It is quite an honor to be mayor of a community that has so much heart,” said Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston. “It shows that we are all here working together to take care of a need in so many different ways that truly enriches the community... I am most proud of when we are recruiting (new businesses), we aren’t just looking for businesses, we are looking for partners that want to be active on our community and General Mills is the perfect example.”

By 2020, General Mills plans to give back $2.5 billion cumulative dollars. As of April 2019, they have reached $2.3 billion.

Recipients of the community grant include:

United Way Inc. Coving♦ ton

♦ Covington Family YMCA

♦ Elks Aidmore

♦ Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

♦ Washington Street Community Center

♦ Project Renewal Domestic Violence Int♦ ervention program

♦ Camp Twin Lakes

♦ FISH Faith in Serving Humanity

♦ Newton County Senior Center

♦ Community Art Association of Newton County

♦ Madison Cultural Center

♦ Boys & Girls Club of North Central ♦ Georgia

♦ Action Ministries

♦ Newton County School System

♦ Georgia Future Farmers of America Foundation

♦ Walton Senior Center

♦ Innovation for Learning

♦ Newton County Community Partnership

♦ Atlanta Area Boy Scouts

To learn more about the Hometown Giving Grant program, visit www.generalmills.com/en/Responsibility/general-mills-foundation/hometown-giving

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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