Knoxville — Hormel Corporation has donated $10,000 to those locally in need. Helping Hands Food Pantry and Marion County Senior Nutrition each received $5,000.
Plant Manager Troy Hawkshead said the approximate 140 employees of the Knoxville plant selected these organizations to receive the funds. Checks were presented Wednesday afternoon.
Hawkshead said the company takes hunger seriously. According to a press release, Hormel Corporation donated over $200,000 to its communities in 2012 and will continue to fight hunger.
Senior Nutrition Director Dawn Allspach-Kline told the Hormel representatives pictured that the majority of the 240 meals the program delivers each day are to those in need. The program is focused on nutrition, and the cost to produce each meal is $6.09. Recipients are not charged that much, the program just asks for a donation.
As for Helping Hands, Chuck Galeazzi said the $5,000 will be able to purchase 35,714 pounds of food from the Food Bank of Iowa. He said Helping Hands runs off the "spiritual model," and not a business model. Every donation received by Helping Hands is used to helping others. No one with the facility is paid.