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GENERAL MILLS LAUNCHES HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

 GENERAL MILLS LAUNCHES HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT
 MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- General Mills and its Florida-


based restaurant operations are providing cereal products and volunteers to aid people in Florida and Louisiana hit by Hurricane Andrew.
 The first shipment of Big G cereal, including Cheerios, Total and Triples, valued at $140,000, was delivered to Second Harvest food banks in Miami on Tuesday. A second truckload will be delivered Friday. Other General Mills food products are being identified for delivery Friday. Other General Mills food products are being identified for delivery to Louisiana to assist in relief efforts there.
 General Mills' Red Lobster and The Olive Garden restaurants are distributing 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of ice daily as well as providing volunteers who are doing whatever is required to help the hurricane victims. Because there is no electricity in the hardest-hit areas, the ice is needed to preserve perishable food and medicines such as insulin for diabetics.
 "The terrible damage inflicted by Hurricane Andrew has disrupted lives and families," said Dr. Reatha Clark King, president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation. "We are glad to be in a position to respond quickly in providing food and support to those areas hit by the storm. Our involvement will continue well past this tragic emergency phase to assist in restoring community services and activities."
 Last year General Mills provided similar support to the Red Cross and southeastern U.S. communities affected by Hurricane Hugo, as well as relief to victims of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and, more recently, the riots in south-central Los Angeles.
 Of 23 Red Lobster and 18 The Olive Garden restaurants affected by Hurricane Andrew, all but two Red Lobster locations, both in Miami, had resumed operations today.
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 /CONTACT: E. Barry Wegener of General Mills, 612-540-7784/ CO: General Mills ST: Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida IN: FOD SU:


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