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Statement on Battle Creek becoming a ‘Welcoming City’

Dana Linnane, 269.969.3201


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) applauds the City of Battle Creek for becoming the 13th city or county to join the statewide “Welcoming Michigan” campaign.

Welcoming Michigan is coordinated by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, a WKKF grantee, and partners with local governments and community leaders to build immigrant-friendly communities, promoting mutual respect and cooperation among foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Detroit have also joined this campaign.

From the legacy of Sojourner Truth and the Underground Railroad to the recent growth of the city’s Burmese community, Battle Creek has a rich history of welcoming people looking for  opportunity in the face of oppression and persecution. The Kellogg Foundation is proud of its hometown for continuing this strong tradition to become the latest Welcoming Michigan city, where equity to employment, education and resources is provided for all children to thrive.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

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