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Hormel Foods Donates $6.8 Million in Cash and Product Donations During Fourth Year of On Our Way to Ending Hunger Program


Austin, Minn.

In recognition of completing the fourth year of its On Our Way to Ending Hunger program, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that donations to hunger relief organizations throughout the United States and abroad totaled more than $6.8 million during fiscal year 2014.

The On Our Way to Ending Hunger program focuses on collaboration with retailers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address hunger relief, nourishing the hungry both domestically and internationally, as well as motivating individuals and corporate partners to take action against hunger.

“Through our On Our Way to Ending Hunger program, we help address the issue of hunger in this country,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “Employees are able to make a real impact where they live and work by aiding local hunger relief organizations through our plant community donations program. In addition, through Project SPAMMY® we help malnourished children in Guatemala.”

Throughout fiscal year 2014, Hormel Foods donated more than $390,000 to local hunger relief organizations in 39 communities where it has U.S. manufacturing facilities. Each plant identifies the organization(s) within its community to support.

Addressing disaster relief needs, Hormel Foods donated one semitrailer load of products to assist with tornado relief efforts in Little Rock, Ark. The donation of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals, SKIPPY® natural dark chocolate peanut butter spread, and Hormel® 2Good® smoothies was provided to the Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock. In addition, Hormel Foods donated one semitrailer load of products to assist with tornado relief efforts in Pilger, Neb. The donation of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals and House of Tsang® soups was provided to the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Last year marked the fifth year of production for SPAMMY® a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help prevent malnutrition in children in Guatemala. The country has one of the highest poverty rates in Latin America, and working with its international partner, Food for the Poor, Hormel Foods shipped 2.5 million cans of SPAMMY® product for individuals in need. Hormel Foods employees also participated in four trips to Guatemala, engaging first hand in Project SPAMMY®.

Additional information about the company’s fiscal 2014 philanthropic efforts will be available in the Hormel Foods 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, which will be released in June.

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 (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats for 2014, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was also recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, and named one of the 2015 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. 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