Our foodservice sales team made 9,000 PB&J sandwiches in an hour for local charities.
In 2016, we continued our commitment to helping end hunger around the world by donating a total of $7.4 million (or 7.4 million individual meals*) to hunger relief efforts, including products we donated to food banks and disaster relief efforts.
Examples of Our Hunger Relief Efforts
2.7MCans Of SPAMMY®
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 2.7 million cans of SPAMMY® in 2016 to help 30,000 families, and many of our employees and their guests made the journey to Guatemala to help with the project. In total, we’ve donated approximately 14 million cans of SPAMMY® since its inception.
We continue to engage with stakeholders to determine the best ways to scale Project SPAMMY® to other countries around the world. In recognition of our Project SPAMMY® efforts, we were recognized in 2016 with a Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Responsibility Communitas Award.
$350KTo Local Charitiesin 35 communities
Hormel Foods Plant Community Donations Program
Through the Hormel Foods Plant Community Donations Program, Hormel Foods provides funds to its U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with local hunger relief organizations in their communities. In 2016, a total of $350,000 was donated to local charities in 35 communities.
For example, our Algona (Iowa) Plant donated $10,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa to support the Kossuth County BackPack Program. The BackPack Program provides sacks of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program.
Helping Flint, Mich.
Hormel Foods donated a semi-trailer of protein-rich products to help Flint, Mich., families dealing with the recent water and economic crisis. The donation, which was organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, included food donations from several food manufacturers to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Combined, the donation totaled more than 125,000 pounds of food.
70KPounds Of Productsto assist Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
To support those affected by disaster situations, we donated more than 70,000 pounds of products to assist with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the United States and Haiti. The donation of shelf-stable products such as SKIPPY® peanut butter, SPAM® products, Hormel®Compleats® microwave meals and Hearty Creations™ products was distributed by Convoy of Hope in the United States and Food For The Poor in Haiti. In addition, we donated more than 34,000 pounds of products, such as SKIPPY® peanut butter and Hormel® chili microwave cups, to assist with flood relief efforts in Louisiana.
24KPounds Of Productsfor Convoy of Hope
Community Outreach Event
We donated more than 24,000 pounds of products for a Convoy of Hope community outreach event in Wichita, Kan. Food, health and dental screenings, haircuts and career service training were provided at the event to help those in need.
9KPB&J Sandwichesfor local charities
Project PB&J® Spreading Party
Our foodservice sales team partnered with Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches for a Project PB&J® Spreading Party during a national sales meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. The team surpassed their goal of making 9,000 PB&J sandwiches made with SKIPPY® peanut butter in an hour. After the event, all of the sandwiches were donated to local charities to help those in need.
*Using the Feeding America estimations of $1 donated = 11 meals and 1.2 pounds donated = 1 meal