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Hormel Foods and Rochelle Foods Challenge Community to Help Fight Hunger in Rochelle with $10,000 Donation

ROCHELLE, Ill. | April 18, 2011
Rochelle (Ill.) Foods, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), announced today that it will donate $10,000 to fight hunger in the Rochelle community. Half of that donation has been used to establish the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund in partnership with the Rochelle Area Community Foundation, a public charitable organization designed to attract and distribute gifts for the benefit of the community.

With the remainder of the donation, Hormel Foods is donating $1,000 to each of five organizations committing to hunger relief, including: the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, Lifescape Community Services Meals-on-Wheels program, Hand-in-Hand Food Pantry, H.O.P.E. Shelter and Rochelle Child Care Center.

“Together, we can end hunger in the Rochelle community, so I hope that our donation and the creation of the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund will inspire more individuals and corporate members of this community to contribute to the fight against hunger,” said Cal M. Jacobs, plant manager, Rochelle Foods.

This donation from Rochelle Foods is part of the commitment at Hormel Foods to nourish the hungry in the United States one community at a time. The company is giving funds to more than a dozen U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their respective communities to fight hunger.

"Hormel Foods is committed to combating the persistence of hunger in the United States," said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. "Each community has its own challenges, which is why we believe our plants can work with organizations on a grassroots level to help meet the residents’ needs and end hunger."

In addition to its hunger relief efforts in these communities, Hormel Foods is committed to helping those in need throughout the world. Through its "On Our Way to Ending Hunger" program Hormel Foods collaborates with retailers, nonprofits and the government on hunger relief efforts; nourishes the hungry in the United States and abroad; and motivates individuals and corporate partners to take action to fight hunger.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was named one of "The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes in 2010. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

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