We know that ending hunger is a task that requires partnership. We work with retailers and other organizations to research, raise awareness and support hunger relief programs.

  • As part of our commitment to end hunger, we center our efforts on the communities in which we operate. As an example, in fiscal year 2011, we partnered with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and contributed $110,000 to help fund its Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines program. With the donation, DMARC aims to continue its research efforts to solve the hunger problem in the Greater Des Moines Area by targeting the greatest nutritional and food needs of the food-insecure population in the area.
  • Hormel Foods participates in Hunger-Free Minnesota, a statewide coalition of community and corporate organizations aimed at closing the “missing meals” gap in Minnesota. Its goal is to provide 100 million additional meals, annually and sustainably, for Minnesotans in need by 2014. We donated $130,000 to support the expressed purpose of this effort “that no Minnesotan goes without food in his or her time of need” and “providing food resources to the people who need them most.” Jeffrey M. Ettinger, Hormel Foods chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, serves on the steering committee of Hunger-Free Minnesota along with seven other Minnesota company chief executive officers.


We nourish communities by donating products throughout the United States and around the world.

    • Through the 2011 On Our Way to Ending Hunger efforts, we estimate that approximately 40 million individual meals went to help persons and families in need (using the Feeding America estimation of $1 donated = 8 meals).
    • We developed Spammy, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help prevent malnutrition in children in Guatemala. We donated more than 1 million cans of Spammy product in fiscal year 2011 through our partnership with Food for the Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana.
    • Many communities were affected by natural disasters in 2011, from the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, and southeast Alabama and historic flooding in Minot, ND, to the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. To assist in recovery efforts, Hormel Foods donated products and funds in partnership with Feeding America and the American Red Cross. Read more in the Disaster Relief section.

Los Angeles Dodger Andre Ethier helps cook Dodger Dog® hot dogs at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, CA. Farmer John donated 41,000 pounds of food in celebration of Ethier's 30 game hitting streak and the 11 home runs he hit throughout the season.

  • Jennie-O Turkey Store contributed more than 101,500 pounds of products to food banks, local food shelves and feeding programs in 2011.
  • The Knoxville (IA) Plant participated in a food drive in conjunction with a local radio station, resulting in one of the largest single donations in the history of the local Marion Food Pantry. More than 5,600 pounds of food were donated by employee teams, and more than 57 percent of employees at the facility participated in the event. In addition to donations from employees, the Hormel Foods Grocery Products division donated approximately 2,000 pounds of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals and Café H® meals, as well as Hormel® pepperoni, bringing the total food donation to more than 9,000 pounds.
  • Farmer John, maker of Dodger Dog® hot dogs, pledged to donate 1,000 pounds of food to a local mission for every home run scored by Los Angeles Dodger Andre Ethier during the 2011 regular season. In total, Farmer John donated 41,000 pounds of food in celebration of Ethier’s 30 game hitting streak and the 11 home runs he hit throughout the season.

  • Canstruction activities – Beginning in 1992, Canstruction, Inc., has held worldwide design/build competitions and has become one of the largest contributors to food banks in the world, donating more than 15 million pounds of canned food to alleviate the plague of hunger and malnutrition. During the events, structures are built out of donated food goods. In 2011, Hormel Foods donated 2,100 cans of Stagg® Classic® chili with beans for construction of Canfu Panda by architecture firm WATG in Hawaii to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. We also donated 1,500 cans of Hormel® chunk turkey for a Canstruction event at the Mall of America to benefit Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul, MN, in which a hunger awareness ribbon design was created by Minneapolis-based architecture firm Perkins+Will.


In fiscal year 2011, our plant managers motivated employees to get involved in local hunger relief initiatives through donations to organizations in each plant community. These donations are part of our effort to manage the impact of operating in communities by increasing food needed by members of the area.

  • In total, we donated $110,000 to local hunger-relief organizations in 16 U.S. communities where we have manufacturing facilities.
  • The plant communities and their beneficiaries include:
  • Mark Zelle, plant manager, Progressive Processing, makes a donation to Donna Ginter, founder of Donna's Thanksgiving Dinner, and her grandson and Hormel Foods employee Neil Ginter.

    • Rochelle (IL) Foods: Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund, Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, Lifescape Community Services Meals On Wheels, Hand-in-Hand Food Pantry, H.O.P.E. Shelter and Rochelle Child Care Center
    • Knoxville (IA) Plant: Helping Hands Food Pantry
    • Alma (KS) Foods: Community Health Ministry
    • Dold Foods (Wichita, KS): Lord’s Diner
    • Creative Contract Packaging Corporation (Aurora, IL): Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
    • Osceola (Iowa) Food: Clarke County Food Pantry
    • Beloit (WI) Plant: Meals On Wheels
    • Mexican Accent (New Berlin, WI): Hunger Task Force
    • Fremont (NE) Plant: Low Income Ministry
    • Progressive Processing (Dubuque, IA): Donna Ginter’s Thanksgiving Dinner
    • Algona (IA) Plant: Kossuth County Food Pantry
    • Swiss American Sausage Co. (Lathrop, CA): Second Harvest Food Bank
    • Atlanta Plant (Tucker, GA): Central Georgia Christian Food Bank
    • Stockton (CA) Plant: Second Harvest Food Bank
    • Lloyd’s Barbeque Company (Mendota Heights, MN): Second Harvest Heartland
    • Austin (MN) Plant: Meals On Wheels and The Salvation Army