At Hormel Foods, we know how impactful our philanthropic efforts can be on local communities. Thus, we focus on a number of different causes that we know we can meaningfully contribute to.
Examples of our Philanthropic Efforts
Corporate Angel Network participation: Hormel Foods is a proud participant of the Corporate Angel Network. As a member since 1995, we are happy to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on our corporate jets. This not only improves the patients' chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden.
Everybody Wins program: We are also proud to be a partner in the Everybody Wins MN program in Austin, Minn. The program is designed to pair working professionals with students and provides an environment where students learn the joy of reading through one-on-one partnerships. During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 60 employees volunteered their time to participate.
Muscle Milk® and Hope For The Warriors: CytoSport, Inc., the parent company to our Muscle Milk® brand, teamed up with Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit and restoring hope for service members and their families. They launched a limited-edition, ready-to-drink bottle to honor those who have served our country through military service, and donated a portion of sales from each bottle to Hope For The Warriors.
Additionally, the Muscle Milk® brand provided products at the finish line for select Hope For The Warriors races and sporting events. CytoSport employees also compiled and donated recovery packs with workout gear, shaker bottles and powder packets for veterans training through Hope For The Warriors programs.
Undergraduate College Scholarships: For the 49th consecutive year, Hormel Foods awarded 18 undergraduate college scholarships to children of full-time, retired and deceased employees of Hormel Foods and its subsidiaries. Hormel Foods has provided funds for the scholarship program since 1996, and recipients receive awards amounting to $2,000 per year for four years. These students showed exemplary scholastic abilities and leadership qualities, outstanding standardized test scores and significant involvement in their schools and communities.
Jennie-O Turkey Store Golden Excellence Scholarship Program: Since the Jennie-O Turkey Store Golden Excellence Scholarship Program began 32 years ago, 87 sons and daughters of team members have received Golden Excellence Scholarships, totaling $384,000. Scholarship recipients are chosen primarily based on their exceptional scholastic abilities, including grade point average and college entrance exam scores. In 2015, Jennie-O Turkey Store awarded three Golden Excellence scholarships.