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While any organization may submit a request for a financial or product donation, preference is given to those organizations based in Hormel Foods communities or have a connection to one of Hormel Foods pillars on a national level. We are not able to provide financial donations to charitable organizations outside of the United States.

For product donations, the company follows a process based on product availability and ease of donation. It is more difficult to donate perishable items, however the company regularly donates products that are shelf-stable to food banks and food pantries. Products are also available to charitable organizations to purchase, at a level below retail price.

Areas of Focus: Giving Pillars

Thank you for your interest in donations and work we do in our local communities. We give priority consideration for donations in the following areas, which we feel align most closely with our business initiatives:

Food Security

  • As a global food company, we support financial donations and product donations to select partners. We make product donations to food banks in or near our plant communities.
  • Our Plant Community Donations Program provides grants to hunger-relief organizations chosen by employees at our plant locations.

Plant Communities

  • An annual discretionary budget for each plant location is administered by the plant manager and used for community-related activities.
  • We make select product donations to local organizations for fundraising purposes. Requests with a company connection will be given priority and will be considered on an individual basis.


  • The company’s Inspired Pathways program and other scholarship programs form the basis of our educational support.

Disaster Relief

  • We support disaster relief efforts, especially those focused on food needs, through our disaster recovery partners.


  • National or local causes that align with our company including cancer research and support, youth programs, veterans support, nutrition, global impact and education.

What does not qualify?

  • Organizations that are not classified as IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entities.
  • Organizations outside the United States.
  • Requests for individual/family support.
  • Organizations falling outside our areas of focus.
  • Non-religious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people (including in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation).

If you meet our criteria, we invite you to complete our Donation Request Form. Submission of a request does not guarantee approval. All donations are at the discretion of Hormel Foods Corporation.