Hormel Foods Corporation today announced it will be donating up to $300,000 to three organizations to help support education and equity as part of its Inspired Giving program. The donation will include matching donations by team members and retired alumni who want to join the company in its donation. Inspired Giving is part of the company’s new spotlight giving program that matches worthwhile causes and charities with the company’s core pillars of education, hunger and supporting communities. The company will be spotlighting other causes and charities that meet certain criteria with a company match. This is in addition to the company’s current charitable efforts that has donated more than $50 million in cash and products to worthy causes over the last five years.

The company’s Inclusion and Diversity Guiding Coalition selected three organizations for the first spotlight charities campaign, announced during the company’s global Inspired People Town Hall. The featured organizations include: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the UNCF.

Gerald Meux, foodservice area manager, and Xavier Morgan, foodservice territory manager, led the company’s Inclusion and Diversity Guiding Coalition in the selection of the causes. Both members are part of HAARG – Hormel African American Resource Group – one of nine employee resource groups at Hormel Foods that all have a voice on the company’s Inclusion and Diversity Guiding Coalition.

According to Danielle Journo, manager of inclusion and talent development at Hormel Foods, embracing diversity means understanding and recognizing that each of us is unique and our differences are our greatest strength.