AUSTIN, Minn., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, during an event with Jeffrey M. Ettinger, Hormel Foods chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, and David Coker, Fisher House Foundation president, the Hormel® Cure 81® ham brand donated $50,000 and food for Easter meals to help families who are spending the Easter holiday at Fisher Houses across the country.
At the Fisher House location in Minneapolis, Minn., Ettinger presented the Foundation with a check and spoke about the Easter meal donation program. Beginning Thursday, meals including Hormel® Cure 81® hams and Hormel™ Country Crock® sides will be served to more than 1,000 military family members celebrating the Easter holiday at Fisher House comfort homes.
"In celebration of Hormel® Cure 81® ham's 50th anniversary, we are honored to continue our support the Fisher House Foundation by providing a $50,000 donation, as well as thousands of Easter meals to help Veterans and their families," said Steve J. Venenga, vice president of meat products marketing. "We know that the dinner table provides a great gathering place that allows families to build connections and find comfort, so an Easter meal seemed a beneficial gift."
"The generous donation will help to support our mission of providing a home away from home for military families to be close to a loved one while they are hospitalized for an illness, disease or injury," said David Coker, president, Fisher House Foundation. "This donation will go toward helping us expand our mission. Sharing a meal is at the heart of our homes, the meal donation will be especially welcome during the Easter holiday."
The Hormel® Cure 81® brand launched an online giving campaign for Fisher House on their Facebook page, for their community to participate in the donation. People were able to log on to pledge their support through the month of March, contributing to the $50,000 donation. Supporters were also able to write thank you notes to those who serve. The "thank you" notes were compiled into books and presented to the Minneapolis and new San Antonio, Texas Fisher House locations.
The 38 houses that opted into the meal donation are in the following cities: Augusta, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Silver Spring, Md.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Andrews AFB, Md.; Bay Pines, Fla.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Travis AFB, Calif.; Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; El Paso, Texas; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Fort Hood, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Elmendorf AFB, Ark.; Albany, N.Y.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Lackland AFB, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Washington, DC; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Antonio, Texas; Miami, Fla; West Roxbury, Mass.; Portsmouth, Va.; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Richmond, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Aurora, Colo.; Hines, Ill.
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America's Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.
About Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where 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, located 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 fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 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.
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