In 2014, we continued our domestic and international commitment to doing our part to end hunger, what we call the “On Our Way to Ending Hunger” program, and donated a total of $6.8 million. Within the pillars of Nourish, Collaborate and Motivate, we forged important partnerships that provided local assistance through donations to hunger relief organizations.
2014 Hunger Relief
Hormel Foods donated an estimated 6.3 million individual meals through 2014 On Our Way to Ending Hunger efforts (using the Feeding America estimations of $1 donated = 8 meals and 1.2 pounds donated = 1 meal).
Hormel Foods contributed more than 3.3 million pounds of product to food banks, local food shelves and feeding programs in 2014.
Examples of some of our efforts include:
Donated 3,456 cans of Hormel® chili with beans, Stagg® chili, Hormel® premium chicken breast and Hormel® Mary Kitchen® roast beef hash
We contributed 3,456 cans of Hormel® chili with beans, Stagg® chili, Hormel® premium chicken breast and Hormel® Mary Kitchen® roast beef hash to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu ninth annual CANstruction competition. All product was donated to the Hawaii Foodbank after the event.
Donated more than 7,700 pounds to the KARE 11 (NBC affiliate – Minneapolis, Minn.) Food Fight
We donated more than 7,700 pounds of product to the KARE 11 Food Fight in which the main anchors competed against each other to get the most donations for Second Harvest Heartland. In total, more than 861,000 pounds of food was donated through the Food Fight challenge.
Donated 17,346 Hormel® Cure 81® hams during the holiday season
Through the company’s Hams for Hunger retailer program, we donated 17,346 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to charities throughout the country – enough to feed more than 150,000 people (using the estimation that each ham serves nine people).
Project SPAMMY® employee engagement trips
Since 2012, Hormel Foods employees have traveled to Guatemala to participate firsthand in Project SPAMMY®, the company’s effort to help malnourished children in Guatemala in partnership with Food for the Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana. As part of the effort, Hormel Foods provides SPAMMY®, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals. During their time in Guatemala, employees and their families have learned more about the Guatemalan culture, interacted with the children involved in Project SPAMMY® and participated in project operations.
In fiscal year 2014, we donated 2.5 million cans of SPAMMY® through our partnership with Food for the Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana, and 35 employees and their guests made the journey to Guatemala.
Donated $390,000 to local plant communities
Through the Hormel Foods Plant Community Donations program, Hormel Foods gives funds to its U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their communities to fight hunger. In 2014, a total of $390,000 was donated to local charities in 39 communities.
The Jennie-O Turkey Store Montevideo (Minn.) Plant, for example, donated $10,000 to the Chippewa County Food Shelf for the third consecutive year. The Chippewa County Food Shelf is a local charitable organization distributing nutritious food to individuals, families and children in need.