Hormel Foods and Associated Wholesale Grocers Donate Thousands of Hormel® Cure 81® Hams to Local Families in Need

Harvesters Ham Donation


Hormel Foods Corporation and Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) donated 6,000 pounds of Hormel® Cure 81® hams on January 4th to the local Harvesters food bank to help fight hunger.


The donation was made possible by the 34th annual Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program and took place during the holiday season. The donation supports Harvesters mission to mobilize the power of our community to create equitable access to nutritious food and address the root causes and impact of hunger.
“Hormel Foods is honored to partner with AWG to combat hunger in our local communities,” said Katie Lynch, Hormel® Cure 81® brand manager at Hormel Foods. “The Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program is a testament to our strong relationship with AWG, and we’re humbled to join forces and lend a helping hand to those facing challenges this time of year.”

“We are grateful to have generous vendor partners like Hormel to help us facilitate this donation on behalf of our independent grocery store owners,” said Lori Turner, Chair of AWG Cares, the company’s employee-managed charitable foundation. “We’re proud of the impact that our AWG Cares foundation creates and are humbled to see what a difference we can make when we team up with like-minded companies like Hormel.”

Since the inception of the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program in 1989, Hormel Foods has partnered with retailers across the country to give back. More than $16 million in hams have been donated to date, feeding tens of thousands of families.


* Based on a 3 oz. portion and average boneless ham weight


About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, Skippy®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®, Jennie-O® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of the best companies to work for by U.S. News & World Report, one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek, recognized on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators, received a perfect score of 100 on the 2023–24 Corporate Equality Index and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit hormelfoods.com.


This news release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Please refer to the cautionary statements regarding “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” that appear on pages 26-32 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended Jan. 24, 2021, which can be accessed at hormelfoods.com in the “Investors” section.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, serving 1,100 member companies and more than 3,400 locations throughout 31 states from 9 wholesale divisions. Consolidated sales for AWG in 2022 were $12.3 billion. In addition to its cooperative wholesale operations, the company also operates subsidiary companies which provide certain real estate and supermarket development services, health and beauty care, general merchandise, pharmaceutical products, specialty foods, and natural and organic products.

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