Hormel Foods and its Jennie-O turkey brand claimed a Guinness World Records title for the “Largest Donation of Turkeys in 24 Hours” with their donation of 15,000 whole turkeys, made on Nov. 13 for World Kindness Day.
Separately, Jennie-O donated more than 5,000 additional turkeys to other charities in the U.S., totaling more than 20,000 turkeys donated this Thanksgiving season.
The Jennie-O brand collaborated with NBC’s Today TV show and its Al Roker to donate the 15,000 turkeys to local partners of Feeding America, the largest charity working to end hunger in the U.S. 7,500 birds were provided to Food Bank for New York City and City Harvest and the other 7,500 were given to Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Eight Jennie-O semi-trucks were deployed from Minnesota to New York and Chicago to deliver the turkeys. The previous Guinness World Record for the “Most Turkeys Donated in 24 Hours” was 7,620 turkeys, weighing nearly 142,118 lbs. This year’s Jennie-O donation weighed more than 320,450 pounds.