Supporting Education in our Community


For the 44th consecutive year, we awarded scholarships to 19 students entering undergraduate colleges in the fall of 2010 through the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust fund. These students showed exemplary scholastic abilities, standardized test scores, involvement in school and the community, and leadership qualities.

  • Jennie-O Turkey Store also awarded more than 58 education scholarships in excess of $50,000 total to employees, their dependents and graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited two-year technical/vocational college or a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Ellis Middle School Science Labs Finished

In 2010, Ellis Middle School in Austin, MN, opened the doors of its four newly upgraded science labs and three computer labs. In 2009, we reported our donation of $150,000.

The Hormel Institute

2010 marked the final year of the company’s $5 million contribution to The Hormel Institute’s expansion project, which was completed in September 2008. In 2010, The Hormel Institute received more than $1 million in grants for five cancer research projects being conducted at The Hormel Institute and published a study on the cover of the nation’s leading cancer journal, “Cancer Research,” which links capsaicin, a component of chili peppers, to skin cancer.

“Through the outstanding success and unwavering financial support from Hormel Foods, The Hormel Institute has grown to be an emerging world leader in cancer research.  The Hormel Institute – featured twice in the past 13 months on the cover of Cancer Research, the number one cancer journal in the United States – remains focused on one mission and that is research into what can prevent and control cancer through natural and non-toxic means. The legacy of The Hormel Institute belongs to every generation of Hormel Foods employees. Their support paves the way for our research to flourish,” said Zigang Dong, M.D., Dr. P.H., executive director of The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic.

For more information, visit The Hormel Institute’s website.

  • On Our Way to Ending Hunger

    Employees volunteering at food bank

    We are formalizing our long-time commitment to end hunger through partnerships, continued donations and research to solve the problem of hunger. Learn more.