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    Second Harvest, Hormel Forge Partnership to Fight Hunger

    AUSTIN, Minn. -- Hormel Foods Corp. and America's Second Harvest signed a two-year agreement to work together to combat hunger in the United States.

    AUSTIN, Minn. -- Hormel Foods Corp. and America's Second Harvest signed a two-year agreement to work together to combat hunger in the United States.

    As part of the agreement, Hormel Foods will make a $200,000 contribution to America's Second Harvest, sponsor special events to generate awareness and funding for the organization and continue to make large-scale protein product donations to the food bank network. In exchange for these contributions Hormel becomes the "Leading Protein Sponsor" to America's Second Harvest.

    "We are proud to formalize our already productive working relationship with Hormel Foods Corporation," said Vicki Escarra, president and c.e.o. of America's Second Harvest. "In addition to providing critically needed food products, Hormel is providing a significant cash donation through this agreement. They are also bringing a high level of thought leadership that will increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in our nation."

    In addition to the financial and product support included in the partnership agreement, Hormel Foods will commission a survey to better understand consumer perceptions of the issue of hunger and will also host a Hunger Summit later in the year to bring together non-profit organizations fighting hunger with legislative and business leaders to enter into a discussion to share best practices and better coordinate resources.

    "It is very important to us that we give back to the communities where we live and work and we recognize that as a leading manufacturer of food products, we are in a unique position to help address the hunger issue in America," said Jeffrey Ettinger, Hormel Foods' president and c.e.o. "It is our sincere hope that this partnership with America's Second Harvest will make a difference for those in need."

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