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Hormel Foods, Progressive Processing Help Fight Hunger in Dubuque


Dubuque, Iowa

Progressive Processing (Dubuque, Iowa), the local manufacturing plant owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), announced today it will donate $5,000 to Donna’s Thanksgiving Dinner to help combat hunger in Dubuque and the surrounding communities.

Donna’s Thanksgiving Dinner, established by Dubuque resident Donna Ginter, serves more than 2,500 individuals a home-cooked supper each Thanksgiving holiday. The holiday tradition first began when Ginter invited six homeless people to her home for Thanksgiving. This continued annually until the number of guests outgrew the space available, and Ginter successfully sought help with the dinner from local organizations and volunteers. One of Donna Ginter’s proudest volunteers and supporters is her grandson, Neil Ginter, who is an employee at Progressive Processing.

“Donna’s Thanksgiving Dinner is a very special organization with a long history of helping feed those in need in our community, and we’ve heard such wonderful things about the event from Neil,” said Mark A. Zelle, plant manager at Progressive Processing. “We hope this donation will help Donna and her team continue their great work and bring comfort to the people of Dubuque.”

This donation from Progressive Processing is 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 a dozen 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.

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 Most Trustworthy Companies” by Forbes in 2010. 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