Hormel Foods Corporation announced today it is tackling school lunch debt at several schools in its plant communities this holiday season through a special one-time gift. The company is contributing over $28,000 to help the schools and families in six of its plant communities, with plans to help its other plant communities in the future. In the majority of these schools, the donation will erase all school lunch debt.

The schools receiving funds from Hormel Foods include Austin Public Schools, the Dubuque, Iowa Community School District, the Knoxville, Iowa Community School District, sixteen area schools in the Tucker, Georgia area, West St. Paul in Mendota Heights, Eagan Area Schools and three elementary schools in Witchita, Kansas.

The donation checks from Hormel Foods will be presented to the schools in January.