The Second Harvest Food Bank has served the hungry in the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties since 1974 through their direct-service programs and collaboration with a large partner nonprofit agencies operating at more than 700 different food distribution sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior meal sites and residential programs. The Food Bank also helps individuals find food assistance programs, learn about proper nutrition and gain access to resources available to them.
Between July and December 2010, the Food Bank provided food to an average of 247,000 individuals each month, making it the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income people in its service area. The majority of those served are families with dependent children and senior citizens.
“The Second Harvest Food Bank is a very well-respected organization and serves a large population of people struggling to put food on the table,” said Jerry A. Parker, plant manager, Hormel Foods Stockton Plant. “There is a great need for organizations like this, and we hope this donation will assist them in continuing their important work to help end hunger in our community.”
These donations are 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 12 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.