For humanitarian service in the food industry. The award was established in 1961 in honor of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, inspired by humanitarian campaigns he led working with the food industry.
1961 Joseph Hyde, Sr., Malone and Hyde Charles Mortimer, General Foods Corporation 1962 J. Frank Grimes, IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance) Margaret Chase Smith, Senator and a Representative from Maine 1963 Clemens Krekeler, Tom-Boy, Inc. Thomas McCabe, Scott Paper 1964 Ned Fleming, Fleming Cos. 1965 French Fox, Fox Grocery Thomas Harrison, Super Valu 1966 Rudolph Treuenfels, Author 1967 William T. Brady, Corn Products Co. 1968 Charles P. McCormick, McCormick & Company, Inc. 1969 William B. Murphy, Campbell Soup Co. 1970 Clarence Francis, General Foods Corporation 1971 Jans J. Wolflisberg, Nestle Co. 1972 Robert W. Mueller, Editor & Publisher of Progressive Grocer Magazine 1973 Morris Lewis, Jr. SUPERVALU 1974 R. Burt Gookin, H.J. Heinz Co. 1975 Clarence Adamy, National Association of Food Chains 1976 Nelson Rockefeller, Vice President of the United States 1977 James McFarland, General Mills 1978 Lee S. Bickmore, Nabisco, Inc. 1979 C.W. Cook, General Foods Corporation 1980 Robert Stuart, Jr., Quaker Oats Co 1981 Gerald Peck, National-American Wholesale Grocery Association 1982 John M. Volkhardt, CPC North America 1983 C. James McNutt, Campbell Soup Company 1984 Robert Schaeberle, Nabisco, Inc. 1985 William E. Dearden, Hershey 1986 Jack J. Crocker, SUPERVALU INC. 1987 Edgar B. Walzer, Editor of Progressive Grocer Magazine 1988 John F. Baugh, Sysco Corporation 1989 Richard Harrison, Fleming Companies 1990 Theodore Wetterau, Wetterau Incorporated 1991 G. Richard Katzenbach, Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger (FICAH) 1992 William E. LaMothe, Kellogg Company 1993 Charles P. McCormick, Jr., McCormick & Company, Inc. 1994 E. Dean Werries, Fleming Cos. 1995 Harold B. Finch, Jr., Nash Finch Co. 1996 Richard L. "Dick" Knowlton, Hormel Foods Corporation Julian J. Leavitt, Sweet Life Foods 1997 Robert E. Rich, Sr., Rich Products Corp. Jack Twyman, Super Food Services 1998 Drayton McLane, Jr., McLane Group ,L.P. 1999 Alfred Piergalinni, Gerber Products Company 2000 John F. Woodhouse, Sysco Corporation 2001 Robert John Emmons, Smart & Final Corp. 2002 Michael W. Wright, SUPERVALU INC. 2003 Philip F. Pellegrino, Kraft Foods, Inc. 2004 Paul Schulz, Food Distributors International 2005 Jack Block, Food Distributors International 2007 Boyd L. George, Alex Lee, Inc. 2008 Thomas P. Infusino, Wakefern Food Corporation 2009 Jeffrey Noddle, SUPERVALU INC. 2010 Gary Phillips, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. 2011 Dean Janeway, Wakefern Food Corp. 2012 Richard Parkinson, Associated Food Stores, Inc. 2013 Al Plamann, Unified Grocers, Inc. 2014 J.H. (Jay) Campbell, Jr., Associated Grocers 2015 Thomas S. Haggai, IGA, Inc. 2016 Jerry Kehe, KeHE Distributors 2017 Jerry Garland, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. 2018 Robert Ling Jr., Unified Grocers, Inc. 2019 Mark Batenic, IGA, Inc. 2020 Henry Johnson, W. Lee Flowers & Co.