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2016 Report
Our Food Journey™
Donated in Cash & Products

2016 was a record year for our giving, with $10.9 million in cash and product donations.

At Hormel Foods, we’re inspired to help others. From cash and product donations to scholarships and volunteer initiatives, we continually look for ways to do our part in making the world a better place.

We focus our philanthropic efforts on three areas: hunger, education and supporting the local communities where we operate. These areas closely align with our business initiatives, and over the years we’ve learned they are also the areas our employees are most passionate about.

We’re proud that 2016 was a record year for our giving: $10.9 million in cash and product donations. This includes $7.4 million in hunger donations, our donation of 2.7 million cans of SPAMMY® shelf-stable poultry product to help prevent childhood malnutrition in Guatemala, and more than $826,000 in education donations.

Community Donations

Hunger Donations
including products we donated to food banks and disaster relief efforts
Education Donations
including cash donations made through our Matching Gifts Program

Hormel Foods has a great history of philanthropy, which makes me proud. I love that I get to work for a company that is so concerned about the world we live in.

Stephanie, two years of service

The Hormel Institute

Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute has a seven-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries aimed at improving the health of the world. For the past 20 years, The Hormel Institute has targeted its cutting-edge research on better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Learn more about The Hormel Institute.

I have worked all over the world and I can tell you that Hormel Foods is a stand-up kind of company because we are not just concerned about the company; we are out there helping others around the world and making a difference in many people’s lives.

Rita, two years of service

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Notes

  • G4-EC1

    Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments. Sector addition: Nature, scope and effectiveness of any programs and practices (in-kind contributions, volunteer initiatives, knowledge transfer, partnerships and product development) that promotes healthy lifestyles; the prevention of chronic disease; access to healthy, nutritious and affordable food; and improved welfare for communities in need.

  • G4-EC7

    Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind or pro bono engagement.

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