For the 45th consecutive year, Hormel Foods awarded scholarships to more than a dozen children of full-time, retired and deceased employees of Hormel Foods (and its subsidiaries) entering undergraduate colleges in fall 2011. Recipients receive awards amounting to $2,000 per year for four years. These students showed exemplary scholastic abilities and leadership qualities, outstanding standardized test scores and significant involvement in school and the community.

  • Jennie-O Turkey Store also awarded education scholarships to employees, their dependents and graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited two-year technical/vocational college or a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Hormel Foods Charitable Trust

Each calendar year, the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust Matching Gifts program matches individual employee and retiree donations to approved colleges and universities and to elementary and high schools. Since its inception, the program has matched millions of dollars in gifts to educational institutions.

The Hormel Institute

Through its record of achievement and the financial support of Hormel Foods, The Hormel Institute is a world leader in cancer research. The Hormel Institute remains focused on a singular mission: research that can prevent and control cancer through natural and nontoxic means. In 2011, The Hormel Institute received more than $3 million in grants to conduct cancer research projects.

The work of The Hormel Institute in the use of supercomputer and molecular modeling and simulation was published in the world’s top cancer research journal, “Nature Reviews Cancer”, in March 2011. This was part of a summary by Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director, and Dr. Ann M. Bode, associate director, of the recent discoveries by The Hormel Institute in the field of dietary phytochemicals on how plant-based food could be used as an effective intervention therapy for cancer prevention, especially for those at high risk of developing the disease.

Dong and Bode, along with their research team, also brought more clarity to how a compound found in green tea inhibits cancerous activity — a discovery described by fellow cancer researchers as a major breakthrough.

Researchers at The Hormel Institute also gained national recognition for numerous projects, including:

  • Work related to cancer and obesity;
  • The study of lupeol, a natural compound found in fruits and vegetables, as a potential new therapeutic agent to treat prostate cancer; and
  • A compound from mangos shown to inhibit rapid cell growth and support cell death against human leukemia as well as lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.

For more information, visit The Hormel Institute website.