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Hormel Foods continues to fight hunger efforts, donates $3M in 2012

Published 10:05am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hormel Foods Corp. is continuing its effort to reduce hunger.

The Austin meatpacker announced at its shareholders meeting on Jan. 29 that it gave more than $3 million to hunger relief worldwide in the 2012 fiscal year, and provided more details Tuesday about the donations.

Hormel’s On Our Way to Ending Hunger program focuses on collaboration with retailers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address hunger relief, nourishing the hungry both domestically and internationally, as well as motivating individuals and corporate partners to also take action against hunger. The company gave more than $5 million in 2011.

Hormel shipped 2.4 million cans of Spammy, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to supplement the local diet of the malnourished in Guatemala in 2012. Hormel launched that initiative in 2008.

Addressing the needs of many Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy last October, Hormel provided more than 110,000 Hormel Compleats microwave meals and 156,000 Hormel pizza toppings white chicken cuts to local Feeding America food banks. Last March, the company also donated 55,000 Hormel Compleats microwave meals and more than 11,000 cases of Hormel turkey pepperoni packs to Feeding America to aid in relief efforts following the tornados that devastated parts of Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The total included $220,000 to fight hunger in 22 of its plants’ communities.

“Our community donations program allows employees to aid local hunger relief organizations and strengthen the communities where they live and work,” said Julie Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel. “In 2012, we expanded the program from 16 to more than 20 locations. We are committed to relieving hunger, and we continue to support a number of organizations and initiatives working to achieve the same goal.”

Also working with Feeding America, Hormel helped the efforts to fight hunger among children through a grant to the organization’s child hunger programs within their network. Through the grant, the company donated the equivalent of 1.3 million meals for children during the 2012-2013 school year.

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