Hormel Foods Corporation, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of consumer-branded meat products, has introduced Spammy, a fortified, shelf-stable turkey spread to help address childhood malnutrition throughout the world.
"Hormel Foods sought to create a product high in protein to help serve malnourished and poverty-stricken communities worldwide," said Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “Our company has years of experience in creating shelf-stable proteins, so we employed our expertise to create this new product.”
Spammy is a shelf-stable turkey spread that has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
Hormel Foods has made an initial three-year commitment to deliver 1 million cans of Spammy to needy families in Guatemala through partners Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana in 2011. Guatemala was selected because its poverty rate is more than 50 percent and the chronic malnutrition rate is the highest in the Western hemisphere.
Food For The Poor is a relief and development organization that raises funds and provides direct relief assistance to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Caritas Arquidiocesana is a charity committed to combating poverty.
“Through our partnership with Hormel Foods, we are able to provide much-needed protein to the women and children of Guatemala, and we are already seeing progress,” said Robin Mahfood, president and chief executive officer for Food For The Poor. “The children who eat Spammy are more active, their grades are improving, and overall, they are happier and healthier.”
Hormel Foods has been distributing Spammy in Guatemala for about 18 months to family centers and orphanages. In addition, Hormel donated more than 100,000 cans of the product to Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010.
Hormel Foods and Food For The Poor created a website to allow individuals to contribute to the program. All donations through the website will go directly and fully to Food For The Poor to purchase Spammy fortified turkey spread at cost from Hormel Foods. The product then will be shipped by Food For The Poor to Guatemala and distributed at the orphanages, day care centers, nutritional centers and family centers.