Santa Claus isn't the only one in the giving mood this time of year.
Tuesday, Packers safety Matt Bowen, guard Bill Ferrario and defensive end Aaron Kampman distributed food to those less fortunate at Paul's Pantry in Green Bay.
Among the items distributed were 468 Hormel Cure 81 hams, worth over $4,200 from local grocers Piggly Wiggly, Dick's Supermarket and Fresh Brands.
"We're blessed so much with such good lives, it's nice to be able to do what we can for the community," Ferrario said. "Especially here in Green Bay, playing for a team that has such a great history with the community. It makes it very special, especially around the holidays."
The players' efforts were in conjunction with the Hormel Hams for Hunger program, which allows participating grocery stores nationwide to earn 'points' on select product sales between Sept. 29 and Dec. 28.
The points translate into certificates for Hormel Cure 81 hams, which are then donated to hunger charities, food banks and food rescue programs in the grocers' local market.
For every ham earned and donated by a grocer, Hormel Foods matches the donation in the grocers' name.
Bowen said he was honored to be part of the effort.
"It makes us realize how fortunate we are as players," he said. "Because we also have to realize that there are people in this community that need help. It's just a great feeling to be out here."