DECEMBER 20 - The Salvation Army staff is used to giving away food to individuals in need, 365 days a year. Today the non-profit organization is the one receiving a large food gift, right in time for Christmas. Hormel Foods is donating 500 of its Cure 81 hams, through local retailer BI-LO, as part of its Hams for Hunger program.
“The program helps fill the nutritional need for protein for hunger-relief organizations,” said Pat Lipinski, Hormel Foods representative. “We are proud to partner with The Salvation Army to help provide meals for those in need.”
The hams will be served to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter residents. Last year alone, the organization provided over 80,000 meals to men, women and children in the program. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed over 3,000 food bags for the out-of-work or the working poor.
“We are grateful for companies like Hormel Foods,” said Major Kent Davis, commanding officer. "Campaigns like these allow us to help more in need."
The delivery is among many Hormel Foods will make across the country this holiday season to crisis intervention programs nationwide. Since 1986, Hams for Hunger has provided more than $12 million worth of hams to tens of thousands of people and families.