Itasca, ILL., (Dec. 13, 2017) – Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Jewel-Osco donated 1,692 Hormel® Cure 81® half hams to Northern Illinois Food Bank to help feed those in need this holiday season.

“Hormel Foods and Jewel-Osco are proud to support hunger-relief efforts in the Chicagoland area said Stephanie Postma, brand manager, meat products marketing, Hormel Foods. “The Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger program highlights our long-standing relationship with Jewel-Osco, 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 1986. 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 excited and humbled to be working with Hormel Foods this holiday season,” said Doug Cygan, Jewel-Osco President. “Hunger relief is a cause that is close to our hearts, and food insecurity has never been more prevalent. We are honored to donate the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams to Northern Illinois Food Bank and help make the holidays a little more special for the families in need”

The brand will donate more than 38,000 hams to charities nationwide through the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger program this holiday season.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® 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 ninth 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 https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

About Jewel-Osco
Jewel-Osco operates 187 stores in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, and offers consumers the convenience of retail grocery and pharmacy services. Originally established in 1899, the company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve. For more information about Jewel-Osco, visit www.jewelosco.com or www.jeweloscopharmacies.com.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 800 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than 71,500 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 65.5 million meals to those in need in FY17. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.

Media Contacts:
Hormel Foods
Rick Williamson
(507) 437-5345

Melissa Hill
(630) 347-6886

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Jennifer Nau
(630) 443-6910 ext. 139