Jennie-O Turkey Store is donating $10,000 to the United Way Growmobile food backpack program, on behalf of its operations in Willmar, Minnesota. Jennie-O Turkey Store also donated funds to this organization in 2012.

The United Way operates a “Growmobile” which is a mobile preschool that travels to neighborhoods in Kandiyohi County with an on-site preschool program. As part of this endeavor, healthy snacks and lunches are provided. Families in need receive a backpack each week with food supplies for a family of four.

“We are thrilled to partner with these organizations and contribute to their efforts to feed the families in need in our area,” said Matt Schrupp, plant manager for Jennie-O Turkey Store’s Willmar Avenue Plant. “Our employees and the company are excited to continue fighting hunger in our community.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Hormel Foods, parent company to Jennie-O Turkey Store, is giving funds to U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their respective communities to fight hunger. In 2013, Hormel Foods donated $220,000 to local hunger relief organizations in more than 20 U.S. communities where it has manufacturing facilities. In 2014, the company will provide 39 plant locations with funds to help local organizations fight the hunger needs specific to each community.

“Hormel Foods has been able to help our plants relieve hunger in their local communities for the past three years,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “Because of the success we’ve had with this program, and as part of our ongoing commitment to helping fight hunger in the areas where we live and work, we are further expanding these donations to a total of 39 locations.”

Hormel Foods is helping those in need both in the United States and internationally through its “On Our Way to Ending Hunger” program. The company collaborates with retailers, nonprofits and the government on hunger relief efforts; nourishes the hungry in the U.S. and abroad; and motivates individuals and corporate partners to take action to fight hunger.