Skip to content
Our Food Journey™ 2021 Report


in cash and products

We contributed $8.5 million in cash and products to help others in 2021.

Notable 2021 Support

Hunger-Relief Donations
Education Support
Cans of SPAMMY®
To 44 Charities
in our communities
Being a good neighbor

At Hormel Foods, we’re inspired to help others. For us there is no daylight between good citizenship and good business. From cash and product donations to scholarships and volunteer initiatives, we continually look for ways to do our part to make the world a better place.


We focus our philanthropic efforts on three areas: hunger, education and supporting the local communities in which we operate. These efforts closely align with our business initiatives, and over the years we’ve learned they are also the areas our team members are most passionate about. In our quest to help others, and as part of our 20 By 30 Challenge, we are striving to achieve the following goals by 2030:

  • Provide the equivalent of 70 million meals through cash and product donations to those in need.*
  • Create a food-secure community program and share our blueprint and findings globally.
  • Provide the opportunity of a free two-year college education for all of our team members’ high school graduates.

These ambitions help support UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 10.

We are pleased to report that we contributed $8.5 million in cash and products to help others in 2021. This included $6.6 million in hunger-relief donations (or more than 8.4 million individual meals*), our donation of 2.1 million cans of SPAMMY® (a shelf-stable poultry product to help prevent childhood malnutrition in Guatemala) and more than $960,000 to support educational institutions and our Inspired Pathways program students.

Our groundbreaking Inspired Pathways program provides the opportunity of a free two-year college education to the dependent children of our team members. This monumental program helps many first-generation college students. We welcomed our first class of Inspired Pathways students in the 2021-2022 academic year. You can find out more about our contributions and philanthropic efforts in the hunger and philanthropy sections of this report.

The Hormel Foundation

The Hormel Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1941 by George A. Hormel and his son, Jay C. Hormel. The Hormel Foundation supports charitable, educational and scientific organizations in Austin, Minn., including The Hormel Institute. It is one of the top giving foundations in Minnesota. Learn more about The Hormel Foundation.

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 people. 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.

*Using the Feeding America estimates of $1 donated = 10 meals and 1.2 pounds donated = one meal.

Close to Home
Boulder Wildfire Unites Community
Giving Back