Contributing to Communities

Contributing to Communities

In fiscal year 2011, we gave more than $5 million in cash and in-kind donations to local hunger-relief organizations in the communities where our employees live and to efforts that help alleviate hunger.

Read more about a variety of the ways Hormel Foods and our employees are contributing to communities.

Kevin J. McGowan, plant manager, Hormel Foods Atlanta Plant (Tucker, GA) presents a donation of $10,000 to Addison Buddy Crews, president of the Central Georgia Christian Food Bank.

  • Atlanta Plant (Tucker, GA) employees sponsored a series of events to raise money for the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The employees exceeded their goal of $5,000 to support the two organizations through the campaign. As part of our plant communities hunger program, the plant also donated $10,000 to the Central Georgia Christian Food Bank to fight hunger in Atlanta and the surrounding areas afflicted by poverty. See more examples of efforts of this kind in the Hunger section.
  • In fiscal year 2011, Fremont (NE) Plant employees raised $68,227 for the 2010 United Way campaign. Additionally, plant employees helped raise $5,625 toward the 2010 Adopt-A-Family campaign. More than 70 families received assistance as a result of these efforts, including more than 200 children.
  • This year marked the 41st year of the Share Ourselves Adopt-A-Family program in Orange County, CA. The Hormel Foods Western Region sales team has been a proud participant in this cause for the last five years. Consumer products sales and foodservice employees headquartered in Irvine, CA, donated gifts and money to benefit a local family of eight.
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store team members at the corporate office in Willmar, MN, once again participated in The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, which provides food, clothing and toys for those less fortunate in Kandiyohi County. In addition to the cash, toys and clothing items contributed, a gift of more than $2,000 was donated to the program.
  • In 2011, the Austin (MN) Plant dry sausage department Fishing for a Cure contest raised $3,100 for The Hormel Institute, which conducts cancer research. In total, the event has raised $6,600 for cancer research since its inception.
  • Thanks to the efforts of its employees, Jennie-O Turkey Store was named was named 2011 Outstanding Contributor of the Year at the 66th annual Willmar Fests community celebration for its dedication to the community of Willmar, MN. In addition, through various fundraising activities, donations, employee efforts and support, four Relay for Life teams from Jennie-O Turkey Store contributed nearly $15,000 to the cause.
  • Through a variety of employee fundraising events, Lloyd’s Barbeque Company (Mendota Heights, MN) and its employees made donations to the Minnesota Amber Alert Fundraiser in 2011. The Minnesota Amber Alert Fundraiser is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Minnesota children home safely by providing a means to raise funds and educate the public about the program. This marks the fifth year that Lloyd’s Barbeque Company has participated in the fundraiser.

Disaster Relief

During the spring and summer of 2011, the United States endured one of the most active severe weather periods in recent history. Several communities were ravaged by tornadoes and floods that destroyed homes. To assist with disaster recovery efforts across the country, Hormel Foods provided almost 500,000 Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals to local Feeding America food banks.

When Alabama and the southeastern United States were struck by tornados in April 2011, Hormel Foods donated three semi-trailer loads (approximately 165,000 meals) of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals to Feeding America food banks to aid in relief efforts. Following the May tornado in Joplin, MO, Hormel Foods made an additional donation of 55,000 Hormel® Compleats® meals to a Feeding America food bank to provide residents complete meals in their times of need. Later in the year, following Tropical Storm Irene, Hormel Foods made a donation of about 220,000 Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals to aid in relief efforts on the East Coast. Additionally, Hormel Foods made a donation of 55,000 meals when Minot, ND, was devastated by historic flood levels that left hundreds of residents displaced and without access to nourishment.

Internationally, Hormel Foods employees and retirees donated $28,000 to help individuals affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Hormel Foods matched the full donation amount, which assisted the American Red Cross in efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance to the people of Japan. The company also gave a donation of the SPAM® family of products to support near-and long-term relief efforts.