Hormel Foods and Associated Wholesale Grocers Donate Hormel Cure 81 Hams

Kansas City, KS  – Hormel Foods Corporation and Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) donated 9,000 pounds of Hormel® Cure 81® hams to Harvesters to help feed those in need this holiday season.

“Hormel Foods is proud to partner with Associated Wholesale Grocers through AWG Cares, the employee charitable foundation of AWG to support hunger-relief efforts in the communities served by Associated Wholesale Grocers’ retailers and employees,” said Stephanie Postma, brand manager, meat products marketing, Hormel Foods. “The Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger™ program highlights our long-standing relationship with Associated Wholesale Grocers, and we are honored to work together and make such a substantial contribution for those in need.”

The makers of the Hormel® Cure 81® brand created the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger™ program in 1989. The program involves a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country. Throughout the years, more than $13 million dollars in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of families.

“We are extremely grateful to have such generous vendor partners like Hormel to help us facilitate this donation on behalf of our independent grocery store owners represented in 3,800 locations across 36 states,” said Lori Turner, Chair of AWG Cares, the company’s employee-managed charitable foundation. “Our retailers are the lifeblood of their communities and help those in need day in and day out.”

Hormel Foods will donate more than 55,000 hams (retail value of $1.1 million) to charities nationwide through the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger™ program this holiday season.

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Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® 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 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 10th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nations’ largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, serving over 1,100 member companies and over 3,800 locations throughout 36 states from 8 full-line wholesale Divisions. The consolidated run-rate sales for AWG are approximately $9.6 billion. In addition to its’ cooperative wholesale operations, the company also operates subsidiary companies which provide certain real estate and supermarket development services, print and digital marketing services, and health and beauty care, general merchandise, specialty/international foods and pharmaceutical products. For more information, visit www.awginc.com or follow @AWGCorporate on Twitter.