In 2015, we continued our commitment to helping end hunger around the world through the On Our Way to Ending Hunger program and donated a total of $5.2 million to hunger relief efforts, including products we donated to food banks and disaster relief efforts. Within the pillars of Nourish, Collaborate and Motivate, we continued to build important partnerships that provided assistance through donations to local hunger relief organizations.
For more than eight years, Hormel Foods has been working with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in Guatemala to fight malnutrition. 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, Hormel Foods has contributed more than 11 million cans of SPAMMY® since the inception of the project.
In July 2014, Hormel Foods announced promising results of a nutrition study demonstrating the benefits of supplementing traditional diets with high-quality protein and micronutrients. As a part of the 20-week trial, fortified or unfortified versions of SPAMMY® were fed to more than 160 schoolchildren in Guatemala.
The results revealed:
- All participants showed greater-than-expected improvement in cognitive scores.
- There was a 44 percent reduction in the number of school days missed due to illness.
- Children receiving fortified SPAMMY® showed statistical improvements in vitamin D and B12 levels, underscoring the magnitude of deficiencies of these two essential vitamins in young Guatemalans.
- A positive correlation between the increase in cognitive gain scores and vitamin D concentrations in the group that received the fortified SPAMMY®.
In 2015, we donated 2.4 million cans of SPAMMY® through our partners, and 33 Hormel Foods employees and their guests made the journey to Guatemala to help with project operations. Additionally, Hormel Foods provided scholarships to several high school-age students to attend the Villa de los Ninos and Ninas boarding schools in Guatemala City.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has called for more animal protein in food aid programs, and SPAMMY® fits that need. The Guatemala pilot demonstrates a strong proof of concept for the SPAMMY® model. The product mixes easily into traditional diets as an ingredient and is customizable. The base product can be fortified with the vitamins and minerals that are deficient in the local diet, and the product is shelf-stable, ready to eat and easy to transport. Hormel Foods is actively engaging the international development community to determine how to scale the project to other regions and groups suffering from malnutrition.
Additionally, in 2015 Hormel Foods announced the availability of the fortified poultry-based spread for purchase under Title I for U.S. Department of Agriculture feeding programs and Title II for U.S. Agency for International Development programs. We were also recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a finalist in the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards in the Community Improvement Program category for Project SPAMMY®. Hormel Foods is engaging with leading international development NGOs and multilateral organizations to determine the best way to scale Project SPAMMY® to other developing countries around the world.
More information about Project SPAMMY® can be found on our corporate site.
2015 Hunger Relief Highlights
Hormel Foods donated an estimated 5.6 million individual meals through 2015 On Our Way to Ending Hunger efforts (using the Feeding America estimations of $1 donated = 8 meals and 1.2 pounds donated = 1 meal).
Hormel Foods contributed more than 2.4 million pounds of product to food banks, local food shelves and feeding programs around the world in 2015.
Examples of our Hunger Relief Efforts
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 2015, a total of $400,000 was donated to local charities in 40 communities.
The Hormel Foods Fremont (Neb.) Plant, for example, donated $10,000 to The Hope Center for Kids for its summer lunch program. The program is for children on the free or reduced lunch program during the school year. The Hope Center for Kids, along with the United Way, The Salvation Army, local churches and other organizations hosts the program, which provides transportation, lunch, a learning curriculum, games and other activities for children.
Through the company’s Hams for Hunger retailer program, we donated approximately 6,900 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to charities throughout the country – enough to feed more than 62,000 people (using the estimation that each ham serves nine people).
We donated approximately 15,000 pounds of products to a Convoy of Hope event held in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota to help those in need. Products donated included SKIPPY® singles, Stagg® chili, CHI-CHI’S® salsa snack cups, Hormel® Cook-Off Series™ chili and Hormel® Compleats® chicken and rice microwaveable meals. In addition to receiving food supplies, those in attendance also received other services, such as haircuts and family photos.
To assist with Typhoon Soudelor relief efforts in Saipan in 2015, Hormel Foods donated more than 20,000 cans of Hormel® Black Label® canned luncheon meat to help feed those in need and provide a source of shelf-stable protein as they began the difficult process of rebuilding.
We donated product to assist with the relief efforts in South Carolina due to flooding in October 2015. One semitrailer of Austin Market™ canned luncheon loaf and one semitrailer load of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals was donated to Feeding America food banks in the area to help those in need.