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Hy-Vee Partners with First Responders to Give Away 3,700 Hams to Those in Need

December 14, 2017 | News & Press Releases

Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs Help
Hy-Vee Feed Families in Need

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 14, 2017) - Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that it is partnering with first responders in seven cities across the Midwest for a community initiative called Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays. Over the next week, Hy-Vee will hand out more than 3,700 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to families in need throughout the company’s eight-state region.

“We are fortunate to have great partners to help us give back to the community during the holiday season,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “This initiative exemplifies our values and shares our spirit of community involvement. Together, we can help thousands of families and make a far greater impact than any one of us could alone.”

Between Saturday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, Hy-Vee employees and first responders will hand out free hams to those in need in the following locations. The event will last until all hams are distributed. 

Dates Event Location
Saturday, Dec. 16
1 p.m. start time
Evelyn Davis Park
1500 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, Dec. 18
4 p.m. start time
South Dakota School For the Deaf
2001 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Monday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. start time
Omaha Police Dept.’s Southeast Precinct
2475 Deer Park Boulevard
Omaha, Nebraska
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
Esperanza Center
335 5th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
Kansas City Police Dept.’s East Patrol Division
2640 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
Goodman Park (near the pool)
325 W. Olin Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit