To have the greatest impact, Hormel Foods focuses our philanthropic efforts on three areas: hunger, education and supporting the local communities where we operate. These areas most closely align with our business initiatives, and we have found that they are also the areas our employees support with passion.
Throughout our more than 120-year history, we have shared our food products to support the fight against hunger. We produce high quality, differentiated products for our consumers, and we use our expertise in food manufacturing, distribution and protein as a resource to help hunger relief efforts in the United States and abroad.
Our formal hunger relief strategy – On Our Way to Ending Hunger – involves three pillars: Nourish, Collaborate and Motivate.
Nourish speaks to ending hunger one community at a time. We join in this effort by nourishing communities with donations throughout the United States and around the world.
One of the ways we nourish communities internationally is through a product we developed called SPAMMY®, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help prevent malnutrition in children in Guatemala.
Read more about how we Nourish communities in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Collaborate is about all parties working together. We know that ending hunger is a task that requires partnership, so we work with retailers and other organizations to research partners and solutions, raise awareness and support hunger relief programs.
For example, we participate in Hunger-Free Minnesota, a statewide coalition of community and corporate organizations aimed at closing the “missing meals” gap in Minnesota. Its goal is to provide 100 million additional meals, annually and sustainably, for Minnesotans in need by 2014.
Read more about how we Collaborate in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Motivate is how we understand the hunger problem and mobilize our employees and communities to do something about it. We motivate through our Plant Community Donations Program, which began in 2011 and provides grants to our plant locations in various U.S. communities to support hunger-relief organizations in their local communities. We have also funded and conducted research to understand and raise awareness of the hunger problem.
Read more about how we Motivate in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Across the United States, our employees are involved in their communities and committed to making a difference in the places where they live and work. As a company, we want to support their efforts. Read more about the variety of ways Hormel Foods and our employees are contributing to communities.
The Hormel Institute
Neighboring the Hormel Foods Corporate Office in Austin, Minn., is The Hormel Institute, a world leader in cancer research. Throughout the years, we have financially supported the efforts of leading scientists to focus on The Hormel Institute’s singular mission: to provide research that can prevent and control cancer through natural and nontoxic means.
In 2013, The Hormel Foundation announced a commitment of $13.5 million, matching funding provided by the State of Minnesota, for the $27 million expansion of The Hormel Institute. An additional $9.5 million was awarded by the foundation to be used for recruitment of top scientists, equipping the labs with state-of-the-art equipment and creating a work environment for cancer research. The expansion is set to break ground in 2014.
Recently, The Hormel Institute received nearly $1.8 million in federal grants to support skin and colon cancer research led by Dr. Zigang Dong, leader of the Cellular & Molecular Biology section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.
Researchers at The Hormel Institute led a group of scientists in discovering a “missing link” in the major cell pathway involved in chronic inflammation and findings were published in a leading scientific journal, Nature. Additionally, researchers at The Hormel Institute have gained national recognition for numerous projects, including:
For more information, visit The Hormel Institute website.
Hormel Foods Charitable Trust
Each calendar year, the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust Matching Gifts Program matches individual employee and retiree donations to approved colleges and universities and to elementary and high schools. Since its inception, the program has matched millions of dollars in gifts to educational institutions.
Read more about our education efforts in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.