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Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Rochelle


Rochelle, Ill.

Rochelle (Ill.) Foods, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), announced today that it will donate $10,000 to the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund to fight hunger in the Rochelle community.

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation is also providing a $10,000 matching gift to the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund. This donation is part of the Hormel Foods Plant Community Donations Program, which gives employees the opportunity to assist local hunger relief organizations and strengthen the communities where they live and work.

In 2011, the facility donated $5,000 to help establish the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund with the Rochelle Area Community Foundation, a public charitable organization designed to attract and distribute gifts to benefit the community. The facility also donated $10,000 to the fund in 2012.

“I extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the hardworking employees of Rochelle Foods. Their commitment to quality – day in and day out – help make it possible for our company to continue the Plant Community Donations Program,” said William H. Rice, plant manager, Rochelle Foods. “On behalf of our facility, I’m honored to present this donation to the Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund.”

For the third consecutive year, Hormel Foods is giving funds to U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their respective communities to fight hunger. In 2012, Hormel Foods donated $220,000 to local hunger relief organizations in more than 20 communities where it has U.S. manufacturing facilities.

“For the last two years, we’ve been able to assist our plant communities in local hunger relief efforts,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “We are committed to helping fight hunger in the areas where we live and work. It’s with great excitement that we continue the program throughout 2013.”

Hormel Foods is helping those in need both in the U.S. and internationally. Through its On Our Way to Ending Hunger program, the company collaborates with retailers, nonprofits and the government on hunger relief efforts; nourishes the hungry in the U.S. 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 (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. 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