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Hy-Vee Awards $156,000 to Fund One Step Community Gardens

June 2, 2017 | News & Press Releases


Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes provide grants for 156 community gardens across Midwest

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (June 2, 2017) — Hy-Vee, Inc. recently awarded 156 One Step Garden Grants totaling $156,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

The $1,000 grants will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens. One Step Garden Grants are given to community gardens that teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. The products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels, facial tissue, bath tissue, napkins and bottled water. Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes fund the One Step Garden Grants; for each bag a customer purchases, 5 cents goes toward funding the community garden grants.

“At Hy-Vee, we take pride in giving back to our communities,” said Brad Waller, Hy-Vee’s assistant vice president of community relations. “With health and wellness being a major emphasis of our business, we believe funding gardens is a great way to educate our communities about healthy eating and growing their own produce. These One Step Garden Grants allow us to strengthen our commitment to improving the lives of those in need.”

Community groups and organizations applied online for the grants, and their applications were judged based on demonstrated participation of community stakeholders; consideration of challenges that come with maintaining a community garden; the integration of the garden into the community; and intended use of the garden’s produce.

With this year’s recipients included, Hy-Vee has awarded 740 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $1.3 million in product sales since its inception in 2011.

The grants were awarded as follows:


Bettendorf Middle School Field of Greens
South Hill Neighborhood Association
Carroll Hy-Vee
Tanager Place
Matthew 25
Archer Daniels Midland
Mount Vernon Hy-Vee
Edgewood Road Hy-Vee
Oakland Road Hy-Vee
Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee Drugstore
Metro Catholic Outreach
Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School BlendED Academy
Xavier High School
Terracon Consultants Inc.
Millhiser Smith Foundation
Kenwood Elementary School Garden
Oakland Church of the Nazarene
Prairie Ridge
Foundation 2
Jackson Elementary School
Harding Middle School
Grant Wood AEA
Jane Boyd Community House
Andrews Christian Academy
Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association
Grant Wood Elementary School
Coe College Community Garden
Catherine McAuley Center
Arthur Elementary School
Cedar Rapids YMCA (Camp Wapsie)
Chariton Hy-Vee
Charles City Hy-Vee
Clinton Hy-Vee
Coralville Community Food Pantry
CHI Hospital
Hy-Vee on West Broadway
Scott County Family YMCA
Amos Hiatt Middle School
Des Moines Public Library
Fleur Drive Hy-Vee and Fitness Center
South Suburban YMCA
Easter Seals of Iowa
Dubuque Rescue Mission
Dubuque Arboretum Children’s Garden
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School
Fairfield Hy-Vee
Hiawatha Elementary School
Grow: Johnson County
The Arc of Southeast Iowa
South East Junior High School
Iowa City Parks and Recreation
Backyard Abundance
City High School
4Cs Home Ties Child Care Center
Keokuk Hy-Vee
Van Buren County Hospital
Lamoni Community Food Coalition
Wilkins PTO
Franklin Elementary School
Marshalltown Hy-Vee and Anson School
Woodbury Elementary School
St. Francis Catholic School
Roger’s Elementary School Garden Project
Ringgold County Wellness Coalition
The Community Basket
Muscatine Mainstreet Hy-Vee
Newton Hy-Vee
North Liberty Community Library
New Hope Community Inc.
United Way of Wapello County
Sieda Community Action Seeds of Hope Program
New Opportunities
Sheldon Hy-Vee
Riverside Lutheran/New Hope Community Church
Living Treasures
Iowa State University Extension – Woodbury County
Orange Elementary School
Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence
University Hy-Vee
Crossroads Hy-Vee
Waukee Hy-Vee
The Homestead 1839
Bridges of Iowa
Mills Civic Parkway Hy-Vee and Youth Justice Initiative
Telligen Inc.
Bettendorf, IA
Burlington, IA
Carroll, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Chariton, IA
Charles City, IA
Clinton, IA
Coralville, IA
Corning, IA
Council Bluffs, IA
Davenport, IA
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque, IA
Fairfield, IA
Hiawatha, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Keokuk, IA
Keosauqua, IA
Lamoni, IA
Marion, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Mount Ayr, IA
Moville, IA
Muscatine, IA
Newton, IA
North Liberty, IA
Oskaloosa, IA
Ottumwa, IA
Ottumwa, IA
Perry, IA
Sheldon, IA
Sioux City, IA
Sioux City, IA
Sioux City, IA
Waterloo, IA
Waterloo, IA
Waterloo, IA
Waterloo, IA
Waukee, IA
West Burlington, IA
West Des Moines, IA
West Des Moines, IA
West Des Moines, IA


Bloomington Hy-Vee
Carl Sandburg Community Garden
Knox County Housing Authority (2 gardens)
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of McDonough County
Milan Hy-Vee
Hy-Vee on Avenue of the Cities
John Deere Road Hy-Vee
Hy-Vee on Harrison Street
St. John’s Anglican Parish
Rock Island Hy-Vee and Augustana College
Sherrard Tiger Patch Community Garden
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois
Generation Healthy Kids
Franklin Middle School
Iles School
Butler Elementary School
Hazel Dell Elementary School
North Elementary School
Bloomington, IL
Galesburg, IL
Galesburg, IL
Macomb, IL
Milan, IL
Moline, IL
Moline, IL
Quincy, IL
Quincy, IL
Rock Island, IL
Sherrard, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL
Springfield, IL


University of Kansas Medical Center
Southwest Middle School Garden Project
Prairie Park Elementary School
South Middle School Garden
CCC Lone Elm Community Garden
Kansas City, KS
Lawrence, KS
Lawrence, KS
Lawrence, KS
Olathe, KS


Austin Hy-Vee
Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
New Hope Hy-Vee
Guardian Angels Food Shelf Garden
Owatonna Hy-Vee
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
Gage Elementary School
Parish of Saints Joachim & Anne
Two Harbors Area Food Shelf – Marek Fuller Community Garden
Goodview Trinity Lutheran

Austin, MN
Mankato, MN
Mankato, MN
New Hope, MN
Oakdale, MN
Owatonna, MN
Prior Lake, MN
Rochester, MN
Shakopee, MN
Two Harbors, MN
Winona, MN


Harrison County Health Department
Pass the Taters Community Gardening Project
North Missouri Center for Youth & Families
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA)
Noland Road Hy-Vee
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Jefferson City Public Schools
Unto Life Farm
Developing Potential
Liberty High School
Osage Upper Elementary School
Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)
Missouri Ozarks Community Action
Second Harvest Community Food Bank
Bethany, MO
Chillicothe, MO
Chillicothe, MO
Columbia, MO
Independence, MO
Jefferson City, MO
Jefferson City, MO
Kansas City, MO
Lee’s Summit, MO
Liberty, MO
Osage Beach, MO
Raytown, MO
Richland, MO
Saint Joseph, MO


1C A Mission Church
Voices for Food
Kearney Family YMCA
Lewiston FFA
Community Crops
Northern Lights Hy-Vee
NeighborWorks Lincoln
Eastridge Elementary School
Friends of Extension & 4-H Douglas/Sarpy County Foundation
St. Bernard’s Child Care/School
House of Montessori
Omaha Permaculture
Lutheran Family Services
Palmyra FFA
Chase’s Child Care Corner
Ralston Public Schools
Columbus, NE
Dakota City, NE
Kearney, NE
Lewiston, NE
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE
Palmyra, NE
Papillion, NE
Ralston, NE

South Dakota

Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
Ground Works-Midwest
Brookings, SD
Sioux Falls, SD


Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 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 84,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit