Hormel Foods donates products to families in Flint, Mich.
AUSTIN — Hormel Foods Corp. announced Thursday that the food company has donated a semi-trailer filled with food products to help families in Flint, Mich., struggling with a water crisis.
Organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the initiative involved food donations from some of the country's largest food manufacturers. Food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, located in Flint, according to a news release.
Combined, the donations total more than 125,000 pounds of food. Hormel's contribution consisted of their chili microwaveable cups, beef stew, and Skippy singles.
"Our donation provides a variety of quality, protein-rich products for the people of Flint," said Thomas L. Nuss, director of human resources operations at Hormel Foods. "We are proud to partner with the UFCW in this endeavor, and hope our effort will help those in need."
Hormel recently completed the fifth year of its "On Our Way to Ending Hunger" program in fiscal year 2015, with hunger relief donations totaling more than $5.2 million. Additional information about the company's previous donations from 2015 and community services will be included in its Corporate Responsibility Report released in June.
For those in Flint, the donations from Hormel and other manufacturers were invaluable.
"Good, nutritious food is key to the Flint community's recovery," said Kara Ross, vice president of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, "and we can't thank this incredible team enough for what they have done for Flint families and children."