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Hunger-Free Minnesota Announces Grant Awards to Community Hunger-Relief Organizations with Partner Hormel Foods

MINNEAPOLIS | April 04, 2012

Hunger-Free Minnesota announced today that it has made grant awards to community hunger-relief organizations with its partner Hormel Foods. The grant awards were made in Minnesota counties where Hormel Foods has business facilities, and were for two specific purposes:

-Awards of up to $10,000 were granted for increasing the physical capacity or ability to store or deliver more nutritious food.
-Awards of up to $2,000 were granted to organizations to support their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach efforts for seniors.

Grant awards were presented to:

-Mower County Advocacy Program — Mower County Seniors Inc. (Mower County)
-Neighbors, Inc. (Dakota County)
-Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf (Dakota County)
-Lutheran Social Services for Senior Nutrition Service (Kandiyohi and Todd Counties)
-Prairie Five Food Shelf and Senior Nutrition (Chippewa County)
-Browerville Area Food Shelf (Todd County)
-Long Prairie Food Shelf (Todd County)
-Ruby’s Pantry (Stearns County)
-Three Rivers Community Action (Rice County)
-Otter Tail Wadena Community Action Council (CAC) (Otter Tail County)
-Otter Tail Salvation Army (Otter Tail County)

“Thanks to a generous donation from Hormel Foods, these grants help Hunger-Free Minnesota move forward with its action plan to fight hunger in our state,” said Ellie Lucas, chief campaign officer, Hunger-Free Minnesota. “These grants will help community hunger-relief organizations increase their capacity for safely storing and delivering nutritious food; and make sure seniors who qualify for SNAP know about the program.”

Hunger-Free Minnesota is a three-year campaign focused on closing the 100 million missing meal gap. Every year, Minnesota’s hungriest citizens miss more than 100 million meals — the equivalent of one meal every other day — because they do not have enough money to meet all their financial obligations, and food frequently is sacrificed. The Hunger-Free Minnesota campaign seeks unique, transformational donations from farsighted corporations, nonprofit organizations and foundations that understand the economic impact of hunger in Minnesota. Hunger-Free Minnesota uses these donations to implement its action plan initiatives in three critical, sustainable areas: the emergency food system; the Supplemental Nutrition Food Program (SNAP); and child hunger and nutrition programs.

“Hormel Foods is committed to combating the persistence of hunger in the United States and pleased to join Hunger-Free Minnesota in the statewide fight to close the 100 million missing meal gap,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “Ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food is a priority we both share.”

About Hunger-Free Minnesota

Hunger-Free Minnesota is a coalition of community leaders and citizens, nonprofit agencies and organizations including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, food banks, food shelves and corporate partners including General Mills, Cargill, UnitedHealth Group, Hormel Foods, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Land O’Lakes, and others. The primary goal of Hunger-Free Minnesota’s three-year campaign is to close the 100 million missing meal gap in Minnesota. Initiatives in the campaign’s strategic, data-driven action plan include system-wide changes, new partnerships, education, policy changes, direct grants and other support for local participating organizations. The coalition encourages individuals and organizations to “Fight Hunger Where You Live.” More information is available at www.hungerfreemn.org.

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 again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in 2011. 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 www.hormelfoods.com.

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