The Food Bank of Central New York and the Rescue Mission of Syracuse are grateful to Hofmann Sausage Company for its generous donation of 24,000 hot dogs to each charity just in time for the Thanksgiving season.
The hot dogs were personally delivered by Rusty Flook, founder of Hofmann and vice chairman of its board, and Dennis DuVal, the company's chief relationships officer.
The family-run, high-quality meat manufacturer and distributor has been a part of the Central New York community since 1879. "This donation is just a small way for Hofmann to lend a hand to organizations that help individuals and families in need right here at home,” Flook said in a press release.
DuVal hopes the company's outreach will inspire other local businesses to lend a hand to neighboring charities as well. “With the critical holiday season approaching, our donation of nearly 50,000 hot dogs also serves as challenge to other Central New York corporations and individuals to step up and help local charities in any way they can,” DuVal said.
The Oneida Indian Nation is the lead investor of Hofmann and is glad to participate in the company's charitable giving. “The Oneida Nation has a long history of helping those in need," Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said. "We are pleased that our relationship with Hofmann Hot Dogs allows us to be a part of this wonderful donation to these worthy charities by celebrating the true spirit of Thanksgiving.”
The Food Bank of Central New York will use the donations "to continue to distribute essential food supplies" throughout its 268 emergency food network programs in eleven counties, said Tom Slater, executive director.
Alan Thornton, CEO of Rescue Mission, which has assisted the Syracuse community for 125 years, praised Hofmann's gift during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. "…[T]he Rescue Mission is grateful to Hofmann Hot Dogs for this generous donation of their great product," he said. "As we have seen our average daily meal count grow to 700, this donation of hot dogs could not have been more timely.”
The donation of 48,000 hot dogs to the Rescue Mission and Food Bank adds to recent Hofmann donations of 24,000 hot dogs each to the Food Bank of Western New York in Buffalo and Foodlink of Rochester.
Hofmann offers more than 80 products, which are available in a variety of retail locations and online. For more information, visit www.hofmannsausage.com.