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Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Knoxville

Knoxville, Iowa | April 22, 2011
The Knoxville (Iowa) Plant of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced today that it will donate $5,000 to fight hunger in the Knoxville community.

Hormel Foods is donating $5,000 to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, a local charitable organization that distributes food to Knoxville’s hungry families. The donation will translate to roughly 25,000 pounds of food for the pantry.

This donation supplements the company’s ongoing efforts to fight hunger in the Knoxville community, including participation in the annual Marion County KNIA/KRLS food drive. Most recently, the 139-person plant donated more than 10,000 pounds of food to support the 2010 drive.

“As a food company with deep roots in Knoxville, we feel it is important to help fight hunger in our community,” said Troy M. Hawkshead, plant manager, Hormel Foods Knoxville Plant. “We hope this donation will help the Helping Hands Food Pantry continue the great work they are doing to feed the families in need in Knoxville.”

This donation from the Knoxville Plant 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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