AUSTIN, Minn., April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued effort to support the U.S. military, the makers of Hormel® Cure 81® hams donated care packages full of Hormel Foods products to 42 Fisher Houses throughout the United States, feeding more than 1,500 military and veterans' family members for the Easter holiday.
"We are proud to partner with the Fisher House Foundation again this year to help provide a delicious meal for veterans, service members and their families to celebrate together," said Stephanie Postma, Hormel® Cure 81® brand manager. "This is the sixth year that we have been able to donate care packages to Fisher Houses across the country. We know that the dinner table allows families and friends to gather together, build connections and find comfort, and are thrilled to help be a part of their holiday celebration."
The donation, totaling more than 6,000 pounds, was packed by members of the Hormel Military Veterans Engagement Team (HMVET) and included the following Hormel Foods products: Hormel® Cure 81® boneless ham, Jennie-O® oven ready turkey breast, Hormel® Black Label® bacon, Hormel® Natural Choice ® bacon, Jennie-O ® turkey bacon, Hormel Gatherings® party trays, Hormel® homestyle mashed potatoes, Hormel® cinnamon apples, SKIPPY® peanut butter and SPAM® classic.
"Fisher Houses are built on partnerships. And partnership begins with community," said Dave Coker, president of Fisher House Foundation. "My deepest thanks to Hormel Foods for your kind donation of Easter dinners to Fisher Houses across the country. It's what we do together that makes the greatest impact. Thank you for being part of that solution and your support to our military, veterans and their families."
The Fisher House program provides "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging, so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis. Hormel Foods was the first company to donate food on a national basis and this year marks the sixth consecutive year of the partnership.
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Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin's®, Columbus®, 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 tenth 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 FISHER HOUSE
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans' families an estimated $451 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. For more information, visit www.fisherhouse.org.
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