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Hormel Foods donation helps fight hunger in Osceola

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:51 a.m. CST

Osceola Foods, the local manufacturing plant owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, recently donated $7,000 to the Osceola Food Bank and $3,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa for the local elementary school backpack program.

The backpack program is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a sack of kid-friendly foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Osceola Food Bank and the Food Bank of Iowa to contribute to their efforts to feed those in need in our area,” said Clint D. Walters, plant manager of Osceola Foods. “Our employees and the company are excited to continue fighting hunger in our community.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Hormel Foods is giving funds to U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their respective communities to fight hunger. In 2013, Hormel Foods donated $220,000 to local hunger relief organizations in more than 20 U.S. communities where it has manufacturing facilities. In 2014, the company will provide 39 plant locations with funds to help local organizations fight the hunger needsspecific to each community.

“Hormel Foods has been able to help our plants relieve hunger in their local communities for the past three years,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “Because of the success we’ve had with this program, and as part of our ongoing commitment to helping fight hunger in the areas where we live and work, we are further expanding these donations to a total of 39 locations.”

Hormel Foods is helping those in need both in the United States and internationally through its On Our Way to Ending Hunger program. The company collaborates with retailers, nonprofits and the government on hunger relief efforts; nourishes the hungry in the U.S. and abroad; and motivates individuals and corporate partners to take action to fight hunger.

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