Hormel Foods Announces Donation of Food to Hurricane Victims in Dominican Republic

    AUSTIN, Minn., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Food is being provided to victims
 of Hurricane Georges in the Dominican Republic by Hormel Foods Corporation, a
 multinational meat and food processor headquartered in Austin, Minn.
     Hormel Foods, in cooperation with Walton & Post, a distributor in Miami,
 Fla., has shipped 36,000 pounds of cubed beef and gravy to residents of the
 Dominican Republic ravaged by the storm Sept. 22.  All 3,200 cases of 15-ounce
 canned product are being distributed to CARITAS, a worldwide charitable
 organization of the Catholic church.
     No refrigeration is required for the cubed beef product which will enable
 distribution to relief centers throughout the country of four million people.
 Each serving of this product provides 25 grams of protein.
     Storm damage on the Dominican Republic, located approximately 600 miles
 southeast of Florida, totaled an estimated $5 billion from the 120
 mile-per-hour winds and flooding.  The death toll reached 250 and more than
 100,000 people were left homeless, with nearly 90 percent of the homes damaged
 or destroyed on the Caribbean nation comprised of 18,700 square miles.
     "We are pleased to provide aid to the victims of this disastrous storm in
 the Dominican Republic," said V. Allan Krejci, Hormel Foods director of public
 relations.  "We're glad to help ease the suffering these individuals are
 facing as they clean up the devastation."
     This is the second time in less than one year that Hormel Foods has come
 to the aid of countries hit by storms.  In December 1997, the corporation
 supplied 40,000 pounds of SPAM luncheon meat and several varieties of Hormel
 chili to Guam after a typhoon struck the small island in the Pacific Ocean.
 
 

SOURCE Hormel Foods

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