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Coalition Background

The Hometown Food Security Project is a collective impact effort addressing the issues of hunger and food insecurity in Mower County, Minnesota. Led by Hormel Foods and United Way of Mower County, the Project Coalition identifies resources, gaps, barriers, and opportunities by engaging content/context experts and community members with lived experiences. 

Coalition Goal 

Our vision is to ensure no one goes hungry in Mower County. ​

Our goal is that Mower County will be deemed a food secure community when… ​

  • data indicates a 3% food insecurity rate or less and ​
  • all individuals have access to sustainable systems meeting nutrition needs to include food preferences, dietary needs and culturally competent food to promote a lifestyle conducive to a flourishing community​
  • achieved through informed solutions related to partners, programs, policy, and research.


Coalition Members


coalition members

Molly Lanke – United Way of Mower County

Jim Snee – Chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, Hormel Foods

Tammy Snee – Community of Austin Advocate, RN, Board of Advocates: Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty 

Stephanie Postma – Hormel Foods, Agile Development Leader

Major Jeff Strickler– Salvation Army, Major

Mary Weikum– Austin Public Schools, Nutrition Services Coordinator

Nancy Donahue – Senior Center, Advocate

Varinh Van Vugt – Welcome Center, Program Coordinator

Sneha Jogi – Hormel Foods, Corporate Communications Manager

Gema Alvarado Guerrero – Hormel Foods, Workforce Wellness Facilitator

Sara Lee – Mayo Clinic Health System Community Engagement Manager

Jennie Crews – Mower County, SNAP Eligibility Workers


Coalition Advisors

Jeremy Everett – Founder and Executive Director, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Professor Craig Gundersen – Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security – Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Katie Nye – Statewide Field Director, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty



Mower County

Hometown Food Security Project

Hometown Food Security Project
318 Main St N.
Austin, MN 55912

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