Over 1 million meals were provided through our Hams for Hunger® program.**
In 2018, we continued our commitment to helping end hunger around the world by donating a total of $7.2 million (or 5.7 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.
Examples of Our Hunger-Relief Efforts
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 2.5 million cans of SPAMMY® in 2018. Furthermore, many of our team members and their guests made the journey to Guatemala to help with the project. In total, we’ve donated approximately 19 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.
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 2018, $340,000 was donated to local charities in 33 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.
2018 was a devastating year in terms of natural disasters around the world. We once again partnered with Convoy of Hope and others to assist with hunger-relief efforts through our Disaster-Response Program.
In 2018, we helped stock Convoy of Hope’s warehouse with SPAM® products that could be used in these situations. We also donated $10,000 to the organization to assist with its efforts. Convoy of Hope responded to Hurricane Michael, the California wildfires and many other major natural disasters. For our support of these and other efforts, Convoy of Hope honored Hormel Foods with its 2018 Global Impact Award. The award is based on in-kind donations and is only given to one organization each year.
Hams For Hunger®
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 2018, over 1 million meals were provided through this program.**
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Our Justin’s subsidiary donates Justin’s® squeeze packs to help support the Bring Nutrition Home Backpack Program. In 2018, 10,000 squeeze packs were donated. The program provides bags of healthy, kid-friendly food for students at Isna Wica Owayawa (Loneman School) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for the weekend. All of the students (K-8) receive free and reduced price lunches at this school.***
During Hunger Action Month in September, Hormel Foods and Justin’s donated products, and team members traveled to Pine Ridge to assemble 400 meal bags and help stock food-pantry shelves. Check out the video below for more information about this initiative.
In addition to these efforts, members of the Justin’s team make an annual trip to the reservation in November to assemble and pass out meals.