KANSAS CITY, MO. — Meat processors Tyson Foods Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. rallied support for communities in Maui and the surrounding areas following the region’s devasting wildfires, with each company announcing donations to support those in need in the aftermath of the disaster.
Hormel Foods donated five truckloads of SPAM products totaling over 264,000 cans to the affected areas. To ensure the products arrive safely in the hands of those in need, Hormel partnered with Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization that aids people who have been impacted by natural disasters.
In all, the SPAM brand donated cash and products with a retail value of more than $1 million. Additionally, the company designed a “SPAM Brand Loves Maui” T-shirt, which is available for purchase on spam.com. All the proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Aloha United Way’s Maui Fire Relief Fund.
“We are so grateful for our partners like Convoy of Hope and local Hawaii retailers who are helping us get more product to people in need as quickly as possible,” said Jennesa Kinscher, senior brand manager for SPAM. “The people of Hawaii have a special place in both the history and heart of the SPAM brand. Our donation efforts are just one way we are showing the community our love and support back.”
Also helping by providing food products to the Maui communities was Tyson Foods. Tyson is donating over 100,000 lbs of protein, which can feed 404,000 people.
Tyson’s Hawaii-based customer, Foodland Supermarket, is teaming with the processor to distribute the donation to the Maui Food Bank and the Hawaii Food Bank.
“As we see the continued impact of the devastating wildfires in Hawaii, Tyson Foods remains committed to supporting impacted communities in times of need,” said Tim Grailer, senior director of business operations at Tyson. “We are committed to doing our part in helping the residents of Hawaii and those on the ground by providing support.”
Tyson said it will continue to provide food for the state of Hawaii as it transitions into the recovery phase.
The wildfires that began in early August burned over 2,500 acres of land across several historic towns. President Joe Biden signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Hawaii on Aug. 10.