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What is the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams For Hunger® program?

The Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program is a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country designed to support hunger-relief efforts and help feed those in need during the holiday season.

How many hams do you donate?

While the exact number of hams donated varies every year, more than $15 million in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of families in need. Last year alone, we donated more than 55,000 hams (an estimated retail value of $1.1 million).

What kind of ham is donated?

All kinds of Hormel® Cure 81® hams! Delicious served cold or heated up, it’s a perfect ham for any occasion! Made with handcrafted care and individually stamped with our Curemaster’s signature of approval, each ham is personally guaranteed to deliver premium quality, flavor and tenderness.

When and where do the donations take place?

Donation events typically take place during the holiday season in November and December. Events usually take place at a retail partners’ store or a local charity such as a food bank. We will post the schedule as it becomes available on this page.

How do retailers get involved?

From May through October, for every purchase of select Hormel® Cure 81® hams, eligible retail partners will receive more hams to donate to charity, up to 10,000 hams.

How do I know if my retailer participates?

Just ask! Ask your retailer or email hamsforhunger@hormel.com. and we will let you know! Last year we partnered with 34 retailers.

Does the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams For Hunger® program extend past the holidays?

Yes! Hams are donated to those in needs during the holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas) but retailers qualify earlier in the year to earn the hams to donate. While our partnership with grocery retailers over the holidays remains the backbone of the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams For Hunger® program, it extends much further and today is the platform for all hunger relief efforts supported by Hormel Foods.

How can I help?

You can get involved in several ways! You can help by purchasing Hormel® Cure 81® hams at your local retailer to help them meet their goals to earn more hams to donate.


I’m a retailer. How do I participate?

Email us at hamsforhunger@hormel.com and we will get in contact with you within two business days!

* Based on a 3 oz. portion and average boneless ham weight