Kellogg Shares Military Archives in Honor of Veterans Day

Kellogg has supported the military for many years and continues to advocate, recruit and develop veteran employees.

For Veterans Day, Kellogg is opening its archives about the company’s military history.

“Our founder, W.K. Kellogg, laid the foundation for how we run our business and how we fulfill our purpose to nourish families so they can flourish and thrive,” said Alinda Arnett, Manager, Corporate Records & Archives, Kellogg Company, in a press release. “Through our K Values, we continue to uphold our founder’s dedication to people and their well-being. This includes pushing beyond boundaries and across borders to people serving in the military.”

Those core values are integrity, accountability, passion, humility, simplicity and a focus on success.

The archive includes some interesting pieces of the company’s military history:

  • K-rations: During World War II, Kellogg employees produced more than 43 million packages of K-rations for the US armed forces deployed overseas. K-rations—individually wrapped daily combat food rations—were introduced by the US Army and produced for mobile forces during World War II.
  • Director of Home Economics: In 1923, Kellogg Company became the first in the food industry to hire a dietician. Mary Barber, Director of Home Economics, began defining the roles different foods played in a proper diet, catching the attention of the US Army. In 1941, Mary lent her services to the Army to serve as Food Consultant to the Secretary of War.
  • Kellogg Cookie Club: During World War II, office employees would spend one evening every other week baking cookies for those serving in the war. They would send these cookies around the world to locations including Australia, Alaska and Iceland. All cookies were made using Kellogg products.
  • War Bond Participation: In 1943, Kellogg was presented with the Bullseye Flag, signifying more than 90% of employees invested at least 10% of their pay in war savings bonds.
  • Patriot Award: In 2012, Kellogg was recognized with a Patriot Award for our extraordinary support of employees in the military.

“More than 110 years later, we continue to live our founder’s values—they are part of our DNA and shape our Kellogg culture,” said Arnett. “After working at Kellogg for more than 30 years as the company’s resident historian, and as a proud aunt to a US Marine, I’m honored to work for such a distinguished and inclusive company.”

Today, Kellogg supports veterans through KVets & Supporters, its business/employee resource group dedicated to celebrating military service.

Kellogg's Veterans Day

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day but renamed in 1954) marked the formal end of major hostilities of World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

On November 11, 1919, US President Woodrow Wilson issued a message that included this passage:

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

In 1938, a Congressional Act established November 11 as a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’”

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