We donated 6.7 million individual meals in 2020.*
In 2020, we helped people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and continued our commitment to helping end hunger around the world by donating a total of $6.4 million (or more than 6.7 million individual meals*) to hunger-relief efforts, including products we donated to food banks and disaster-relief efforts.
We are proud to partner with organizations such as Feeding America, Second Harvest Heartland, Convoy of Hope, Food For The Poor, Caritas Arquidiocesana and Conscious Alliance. Their teams help us distribute our products to those in need each year.
Examples of Our Hunger-Relief Efforts
Products And Meals Donated
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we made a pledge to provide $1 million in cash and product donations to assist hunger-relief organizations with their COVID-19 efforts, in addition to our regular ongoing hunger-relief efforts. Feeding America, Convoy of Hope and nonprofit organizations in our plant communities were among those organizations that received funding and donations. For example, we donated 40,000 cases of SKIPPY® P.B. and Jelly minis to Convoy of Hope and Feeding America, and 40,000 pounds of SKIPPY® peanut butter to the Arkansas Foodbank. We also held numerous virtual Concert of Hope & Thanks events throughout the pandemic, all of which included company hunger-relief donations and opportunities for attendees to donate as well.
In Austin, Minn., home to the company’s world headquarters and flagship production facility, we implemented a unique program that helped local restaurants, a nonprofit organization and senior citizens. The company purchased meals from local restaurants for several months and donated them to the Mower County Senior Center for distribution to seniors. This unique program solved a need in the community, and more than 50,000 meals were provided through this initiative.
1.9MCans Of SPAMMY® Donated
We specifically designed and developed SPAMMY®, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help malnourished children in Guatemala. Working with Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana to distribute the product to family centers and orphanages, we donated 1.9 million cans of SPAMMY® in 2020. In total, we’ve donated more than 23 million cans of SPAMMY® since the initiative began.
We continue to engage with stakeholders to determine the best ways to scale Project SPAMMY® to other countries around the world.
$350KDonated To Local Charities
Hormel Foods Community Donations Program
Through the Hormel Foods Community Donations Program, Hormel Foods provides funds to its U.S. manufacturing facilities and subsidiaries to share with local hunger-relief organizations in their communities. In 2020, we donated $350,000 to 40 charities in our communities.
For example, our Algona (Iowa) Plant donated $10,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa, and our Atlanta Plant (Tucker, Ga.) donated $10,000 to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.
No Kid Hungry Campaign
We participated in the Dine, Shop & Share for No Kid Hungry campaign in 2020, aimed at raising funds to help ensure kids received the meals they needed to learn. In addition to a monetary contribution to support the campaign, we donated $10,000 to match donations made through a special Hormel Foods donation link on the campaign website.
2020 was a devastating year in terms of natural disasters around the world. We once again partnered with Convoy of Hope to assist with hunger-relief efforts through our Disaster-Response Program. In 2020, we provided numerous donations to Convoy of Hope to help with its disaster-response efforts and other programs, including 40,000 cases of SKIPPY® P.B. and Jelly minis, more than 540,000 pounds of foodservice breakfast sausages, among numerous others. Convoy of Hope responded to more than 60 disasters in 2020, including Hurricane Sally and Hurricane Laura.
Hams For Hunger® Program
Through our Hams for Hunger® program, we work with our retail partners to donate Hormel® Cure 81® hams to food banks and other organizations throughout the United States. In 2020, more than 1.3 million meals were provided through this program.**
Good Feeds Us All Tour
Our Hormel® Natural Choice® brand team went on the road in 2020 to support organizations and people throughout the United States who work for the betterment of others. They called the effort the Good Feeds Us All Tour, which brought to life the brand’s advertising campaign of the same name. With total monetary donations of more than $200,000, the Good Feeds Us All Tour made stops from Dallas, Texas, where team members highlighted and helped The Birthday Party Project – an organization that throws themed birthday parties for underserved kids in temporary housing – to visiting the United Service Organizations, Inc. (Washington D.C. Metro) to focus on providing services and assistance to military personnel and their families. Other organizations that received support through the tour included Be Strong, JDRF and many food pantries that are part of the Feeding America network.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
In calendar year 2020, our Justin’s subsidiary donated more than 38,000 meals and over 300,000 units of product to Conscious Alliance to support programs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, including the backpack program for students at Isna Wica Owayawa (Loneman School).*** The backpack program provides bags of healthy, kid-friendly food for students for weekends.
In addition, team members make trips to the reservation to assemble and pass out meals. Check out the video below from a trip several years ago.