Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program....Lend a Helping Hand

  When my husband and I got married, we were only 19 years old....we thought we had life all figured out and we were ready to embark on this new journey together and nothing was going to stop us. We quickly found that living on our own was extremely difficult, especially after I found out I was pregnant before we hit our 1st anniversary.  Because I know what it is like to struggle, I find it extremely gratifying to reach out and help those in need in my community.  I jump at every chance I get to help the less fortunate, whether is means providing a family with a meal or buying gifts for kids for Christmas.  Sometimes it's just a simple random act of kindness that makes all the difference in someone's life.  This year, my entire family will be serving at a community Thanksgiving meal and I could not be more excited.  We got a turkey costume for our little guy to wear and I am so excited to serve and bring joy to the less fortunate.  We have also "adopted" several children for the holidays and I have been saving up gifts to give to a local group called "Friends Helping Friends for the Holidays."  To me, this is just a way to give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given in our lives and to give back and restore hope to those who are struggling.

Have you heard of Hormel Foods’ “On Our Way to Ending Hunger” program? Through this program, Hormel Foods collaborates with retailers, nonprofits and the government on hunger relief efforts; nourishes the hungry in the United States and abroad; and motivates individuals and corporate partners to take action to fight hunger. You can find out more on their corporate website.

How can you help? Look up a local charity in your area or tap into one you already work with- it could be anything from a food bank or soup kitchen, a toy donation center or local shelter. Pick something that has personal meaning to you or your family. 

 Need ideas for donations? Below are some items that food banks can use:

Hormel® chili
 Dinty Moore® stew
Hormel® Compleats® Microwave Meals
 Hormel® Chunk Meats
 Valley Fresh® chunk meats
 SPAM® family of products
 Hormel® bacon bits
 Hormel® Mary Kitchen® hash
 Bottled water
Toilet paper
 Laundry detergent

How do you give back?

How do you embrace your charitable side during the holiday season? Do you donate to a specific organization or write a thoughtful note to someone special in your life? Do you send a care package to troops overseas or volunteer at a local soup kitchen? We want to hear about what you’re already doing to lend a helping hand during the holiday season.

Leave a comment here, answering that question and Hormel Foods will make a donation to a local food bank for one lucky winner's community, just in time for the holidays!

Comments need to be made by 12/7 to be counted.  Winner will be chosen at random via!

*This post was brought to you through my participation in the Hormerl Foods Extended Blogger Program. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own*


  1. We try to do something for the local animal shelter..take in towels and old sheets and blankets..when I get freebies for cat stuff I donate them also..Since I don't have extended family the boys and I have also adopted a folk from the nursing home to have as a grandparent..Helps them to understand aging and being compassionate!

  2. We help 1 Sat a month at our local Food Share Ministry at our church. During the Holidays everyone in the family helps sort and package all the donations to the family we help feed. We depend on the kids to help us pick out gifts for each child on the list. They help out on the groups that wrap and tie cards on the packages. You have a nice list, here are few more the some of the families ask for.. they ask for formula, diapers, shower gel or bar soap.

    This would be so helpful for our Food Share Ministry.. Thank You!

  3. We give back by donating some food to the local food drives and this year I am going to start a weekly working at a food bank :)

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