Philanthropy

Donated more than $5 million in products and cash to charitable organizations focused on education and hunger relief efforts.
Donated $110,000 to local hunger-relief organizations in 16 U.S. communities where we have manufacturing facilities.
In order to have the greatest impact, Hormel Foods focuses our philanthropic efforts on three areas: hunger, education and supporting our local plant communities. We support scholarships, hunger relief and awareness programs and community activities that advance these three important issues. These are the areas that most closely align with our business initiatives, and we have found that they are also the ones that our employees support with passion. Throughout our 121-year history, we have shared our food products to support the fight against hunger. We produce high quality, differentiated products for our consumers, and we use our expertise in food manufacturing, distribution and protein as a resource to help hunger relief efforts in the United States and abroad. In 2011, we concluded the first full year of the On Our Way to Ending Hunger program, which was created to formalize our efforts to fight hunger. This year, we further aligned our initiatives with the program's three pillars: collaborate, nourish and motivate. In this Section

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.

Collaborate 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.
Nourish 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.
Motivate 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


Scholarships 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.

Community Members "Celebrate with Gratitude"

Donnie Temperley, plant manager, and his wife, Mardi, served as chairs for the 2011 Fremont Area United Way campaign, where donors generously pledged more than $580,000 to top the $575,000 goal.

In 2011, Hormel Foods employees throughout the country were involved in numerous United Way efforts, which support the company's promise to encourage individual and company participation and leadership in company affairs. The following is just one example of their generosity and leadership. Employees of the Fremont (NE) Plant, along with other community members, celebrated the success of their local United Way efforts. Fremont Area United Way donors generously pledged more than $580,000 to top the $575,000 goal. Donnie Temperley, plant manager, played a special role in the 2011 Fremont Area United Way campaign — he and his wife, Mardi, chaired the 2011 campaign and helped drive the spirit of teamwork that succeeded in surpassing the campaign goal.
Beloit Plant Supports Mentor Program The Beloit (WI) Plant provided financial support to the local mentor program Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as part its commitment to community improvement in Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties in 2011. The BBBS program matches adult role models (Bigs) with children who may be at risk and helps them to realize their potential and build their futures. Andrew Cheers, plant controller for the Beloit Plant, has been an active BBBS board member and currently serves as the program's Rock County action team chairman. He coordinates volunteer recruitment efforts, goal setting and fundraising. Recent events include the Bowl for Kids' Sake and the seventh annual Hog Hula Memorial Day fundraiser. Cheers' team is focused on increasing involvement in schools and encouraging them to provide more funding for the matching process. Currently, there are more children than mentors available and matching is expensive because it requires thorough screening and interviews to facilitate mentor/child matches that are likely to succeed.