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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 the goal of 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.

In addition to donations, another way we nourish communities internationally is through SPAMMY®, a shelf-stable poultry product that is fortified with vitamins and minerals. We developed this product to help prevent malnutrition in children in Guatemala. In July 2014, Hormel Foods announced promising results of a nutrition study demonstrating the benefits of supplementing traditional diets with high-quality protein and micronutrients. As a part of the 20-week trial, fortified or unfortified versions of SPAMMY® were fed to more than 160 schoolchildren in Guatemala. The results revealed:

  • All participants showed greater-than-expected improvement in cognitive scores.
  • There was a 44 percent reduction in the number of school days missed due to illness.
  • Children receiving fortified SPAMMY® showed statistical improvements in vitamin D and B12 levels, underscoring the magnitude of deficiencies of these two essential vitamins in young Guatemalans.
  • A positive correlation between the increase in cognitive gain scores and vitamin D concentrations in the treatment group.

Read more about how we Nourish communities in our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report.


Collaborate is about all parties, internal and external, 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.

Read more about how we Collaborate in our 2014 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 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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Community Involvement

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. Below, you can read more about the variety of ways Hormel Foods and our employees are contributing to communities:

  • Hormel Foods was one of six companies that partnered with the Walmart Foundation’s nationwide campaign “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” encouraging the public to get involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign provided $3.7 million in grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance.
  • Farmer John (Vernon, Calif.) and Sagg's Products (San Leandro, Calif.), subsidiaries owned by Hormel Foods, donated $20,000 to help fight hunger in Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., and their surrounding communities in February 2014. Donations of $5,000 each were provided to the Davis Street Family Resource Center, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Midnight Mission and the St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels.
  • In May 2014, Skippy Foods (Little Rock, Ark.) donated $10,000 to the Arkansas Rice Depot to fight hunger in the Little Rock community. In addition to the donation, Skippy Foods employees hosted a food drive and collected team member donations for the organization.
  • In December 2013, employees from the Hormel Foods Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) and Austin (Minn.) Plant raised and donated a combined $406,780 to the United Way of Mower County.
  • In October 2013, Jennie-O Turkey Store was recognized for the company’s commitment to the Willmar, Minn., community with a Community Builder Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation for significantly contributing to the field of philanthropy in the region. Donations in the Willmar area include: a $500,000 donation to the YMCA for facility enhancements; purchasing a vehicle for the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s Growmobile program to support the initiative to take early childhood education into neighborhoods; and donating half of the necessary funds to Ridgewater College to purchase a semi tractor used in training truck drivers.

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 May 2014, The Hormel Institute celebrated the groundbreaking of a new expansion project to nearly double in size and greatly enhance its world-class cancer research. Scheduled for completion in August 2015, the expansion will add 20 state-of-the-art laboratories and better space for The Hormel Institute’s International Center of Research Technology, which includes two IBM supercomputers along with other cutting-edge technologies that accelerate cancer research discoveries.

Additionally, 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. Researchers at The Hormel Institute have gained national recognition for numerous projects, including:

  • Work related to cancer and obesity;
  • Bringing more clarity on how a compound found in green tea inhibits cancerous activity (a discovery described by fellow cancer researchers as a major breakthrough);
  • The study of lupeol (a natural compound found in fruits and vegetables) as a potential new therapeutic agent to treat prostate cancer; and
  • A compound from mangos shown to inhibit rapid cell growth and support cell death against human leukemia as well as lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.

For more information, visit The Hormel Institute website.

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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 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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