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My Hometown Helper to Lend a “Helping Hand” to Community Projects Nationwide


Until March 31st, Communities Can Apply for a Grant at

Today, Hamburger Helper announces the call for entries to the 2008 “My Hometown Helper” grant program, a nationwide initiative that lends a “helping hand” to local groups making a difference in their community. People looking to improve their hometown—from helping fund a volunteer fire department, to restoring a town landmark, to supporting a local school—are encouraged to submit their entries before time runs out. From February 1st to March 31st, communities seeking support can visit to apply online for a one-time grant to help fund a local project.

“Our communities are incredibly important to us,” said Hyun Mee Graves, Marketing Manager for Hamburger Helper. “Last fall’s My Hometown Helper grant program was a tremendous success, and we are reaching out to more communities in need with a second wave of the program this spring. We’re dedicated to supporting projects that are making a difference right in your hometown.”

Between February 1st and March 31st, applicants can submit an essay of 250 words or less describing how the grant would help with their community project. Award amounts will range from $500 to $15,000 and all requests for funding must be sponsored by a charitable organization, municipal or civic organization, or a public school. Funds will be awarded based on the merit of the project, including its impact on, and support within, the community, among other factors.

Applicants are encouraged to share their “My Hometown Helper” grant entry project page with friends, neighbors and family, who can post comments online showing support for the project. Individuals who apply are encouraged to visit on May 15 to see projects selected to receive a grant.

Last year, “My Hometown Helper” gave away more than $200,000 in grants and helped communities purchase new band equipment, build a school playground and fund a tornado warning system, among other great projects. General Mills has a long history of investing in its communities and established The General Mills Foundation, which is celebrating more than 50 years of giving and supports various premier programs nationwide. In fiscal 2007, General Mills awarded more than $80 million to communities across the country.

For more information on the “My Hometown Helper” grant program and a complete set of rules, visit


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