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Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa | June 21, 2012
The Knoxville (Iowa) Plant of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced today that it will donate $7,000 to the Knoxville Meals On Wheels. Meals On Wheels delivers daily nutritious meals to the homebound elderly, ill and disabled in the area for a minimal suggested donation.

“Thank you to our employees, whose hard work and commitment to excellence make it possible for Hormel Foods to give back to our community,” said Troy Hawkshead, plant manager, Knoxville Plant. “On behalf of the Knoxville Plant, we are proud to help Meals On Wheels continue the great work they are doing to feed those in need.”

This donation is part of the commitment at Hormel Foods to nourish the hungry in the United States one community at a time. For the second straight year, 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.

“We were very happy with the feedback we received last year from our plant managers, employees and the organizations we were able to support through our hunger-relief efforts,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “We are proud to be making a difference in the communities where our employees live and work.”

Hormel Foods has also contributed to the “Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines” project through the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC). DMARC is an interfaith organization that provides a common means of responding to basic human needs and serves as a liaison between member congregations to accomplish good in the Greater Des Moines community. Since 2009, DMARC has researched the hunger problem in Polk County, Iowa, with a focus on understanding the hunger problem in the community so that a plan can be developed to find a solution in the most effective manner. On Sept. 13, 2011, Hormel Foods announced a donation of $110,000 to this effort.

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 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 http://www.hormelfoods.com.

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