Hormel’s “Hams for Hunger” Benefits Regional Food Bank

1,800 Hams Donated to Fight Hunger in Central and Western Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 22, 2016 – Thanks to Hormel® and Cure 81®, 1,800 hams were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the “Hams for Hunger” campaign.  This donation is valued at $20,000 and comes just in time to make the holidays brighter for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.

"On behalf of Hormel Foods, I am pleased to make this donation,” said Shelly Curtis, territory manager for Hormel Foods.  “We are able to do so because of the continued support of local retailers like Crest and Homeland and feed families right here in Oklahoma."

Through “Hams for Hunger,” Hormel® and Cure 81® partnered with Feeding America and food banks nationwide.  In total, nearly 60,900 hams, valued at more than $1.2 million, were donated to food banks.  Since 1989, more than 12 million dollars in ham have been donated to help Americans struggling with hunger.

“Protein is one of the most needed items at the Regional Food Bank,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “I want to thank Hormel for providing this much-needed donation.  I also want to recognize Crest Foods and Homeland for promoting ‘Hams for Hunger’ and for their continued partnerships in the fight against hunger.”

One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger.  Thanks to support from the community, and companies like Hormel, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans every week. Yet, Oklahomans are still struggling to make ends meet.

Together, we can solve hunger.  Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every gift received through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar - up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million.  To make a tax deductible donation, call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.