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In 2012, we continued the “On Our Way to Ending Hunger” program – our formalized approach to doing our part to end hunger – domestically and internationally. Within the pillars of Nourish, Collaborate and Motivate, we forged important partnerships that provided local assistance through donations to hunger relief organizations.

Donated 26 million individual meals

Hormel Foods donated an estimated 26 million individual meals through 2012 On Our Way to Ending Hunger efforts (using the Feeding America estimation of $1 donated = 8 meals).

Contributed more than 182,400 pounds of product

Jennie-O Turkey Store contributed more than 182,400 pounds of product to food banks, local food shelves and feeding programs in 2012.

Donated more than 2.4 million cans of Spammy™

We donated more than 2.4 million cans of Spammy shelf-stable poultry product in fiscal year 2012 through our partnership with Food for the Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Spammy shelf-stable poultry product is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help prevent childhood malnutrition in Guatemala.

Donated 3,456 cans of Hormel® chili and Stagg® chili


We contributed 3,456 cans of Hormel® chili and Stagg® chili to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu’s seventh annual Canstruction competition. All product was donated to the Hawaii Foodbank after the event.

Donated one semi-trailer full of Hormel® chili

We donated one semi-trailer of Hormel® chili with beans to Gleaners Food Bank as part of the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger in Indianapolis in October 2012. This donation included more than 3,000 cases of canned chili.

Donated more than $772,000 in product and cash

Farmer John gave more than $772,000 in product and cash donations to support local communities and education efforts.

Partnered with Hunger-Free Minnesota

For the second year, we partnered with Hunger-Free Minnesota, a statewide coalition of community and corporate organizations aimed at closing the missing meals gap in Minnesota. The organization’s goal is to provide 100 million additional meals, annually and sustainably, by 2014 for Minnesotans in need. Jeffrey M. Ettinger, Hormel Foods chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, serves on the steering committee of Hunger-Free Minnesota.

Partnered with Feeding America

For the 2012-2013 school year, we partnered with Feeding America to provide more than 1.3 million meals for children. Feeding America is working with local food banks in select communities where we operate to provide these meals (worth a total of $130,000) to children.

Our plant managers motivated employees to participate in local hunger relief initiatives through our plant community donations program. In total, we donated $220,000 to local hunger-relief organizations in more than 20 U.S. communities where we have manufacturing facilities.

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Algona (IA) Plant

Kossuth County Food Pantry

Alma (KS) Foods

Community Health Ministry

Creative Contract Packaging Corporation (Aurora, IL)

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Austin (MN) Plant

Meals On Wheels and The Salvation Army

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Barron, WI)

Barron Cupboard and Closet food pantry

Beloit (WI) Plant

Meals On Wheels and Central Christian Church Care Feeding Program

Progressive Processing (Dubuque, IA)

St. Stephen's Food Bank

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Faribault, MN)

The Salvation Army

Fremont (NE) Plant

The Salvation Army and Low Income Ministry – Dodge County

Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines Initiative

In the second year of our partnership with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), DMARC embarked on phase two of its Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines initiative. Some of the accomplishments include:

  • Continued and increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits enrollment outreach.
  • Increased distribution capacity to a four-day supply of food once each month, up from the three-day supply implemented a year ago.
  • Piloted a market-style pantry model in two locations to increase efficiencies of operation, reduce food waste and improve consumer awareness and self-selection of healthy foods.
  • Began steps to develop the Greater Des Moines Food Research and Action Council. The council will guide development and drafting of the inaugural “Greater Des Moines Hunger-Free Community Plan.”
  • Recognized as a leader in food access research and work. The project has provided opportunities for broader community discussion and education about how nutrition awareness, food choices and food access significantly impact community and family capacity for health. In addition to support from Hormel Foods, these discussions have led to additional program and funding support through Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; Iowa Department of Human Services – Adults, Children & Families; The Wellmark Foundation; United Way of Central Iowa; USDA – Food & Nutrition Service; Healthy Polk 2020; and Telligen Community Initiative.

Knoxville (IA) Plant

Knoxville Meals On Wheels and Helping Hands Food Pantry

Swiss American Sausage Co. (Lathrop, CA)

Second Harvest Food Bank

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Melrose, MN)

Project Give-A-Gift food program

Lloyd’s Barbeque Company (Mendota Heights, MN)

Second Harvest Heartland

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Montevideo, MN)

Prairie Five Community Action Council – Food Program

Mexican Accent (New Berlin, WI)

Hunger Task Force

Osceola (Iowa) Food

Clarke County Food Pantry

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Pelican Rapids, MN)

Pelican Rapids Community Food Shelf

Rochelle (IL) Foods

Rochelle Area Community Foundation

Stockton (CA) Plant

Second Harvest Food Bank

Atlanta Plant (Tucker, GA)

Central Georgia Christian Food Bank

Dold Foods (Wichita, KS)

The Lord’s Diner

Jennie-O Turkey Store (Willmar, MN)

United Way of West Central Minnesota’s Growmobile Program