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Hy-Vee Celebrates Black History Month With Week of Service

February 19, 2021 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 19, 2021) – Hy-Vee, Inc. is pledging 5,000 hours of service to nonprofit organizations across its eight-state region during the week of Feb. 22 in celebration of Black History Month. Hy-Vee employees chose nonprofit organizations in their local areas that help families in underserved communities or are dedicated to social justice and racial equity.

The week of service is part of Hy-Vee’s commitment to donate $1 million and one million volunteer hours to organizations that support racial unity and equality. In addition to volunteer hours, Hy-Vee to date has donated $595,000 as part its $1 million commitment to organizations working to create positive, lasting change in our communities. 

Last summer, when Hy-Vee announced its commitment to racial unity and equality, the company said  that actions can create real, long-lasting change. With its week of service, employees are helping create that change. 

The week of service coincides with Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day on Monday, Feb 22, which has been declared by the Food Industry Association as a day to acknowledge the essential role supermarket employees play in our communities. In addition to the week of service, Hy-Vee stores will hold special events to share their appreciation to the company’s more than 88,000 employees.  

WHO: Hy-Vee and Local Nonprofit Partners

WHAT: Donation of 5,000 volunteer hours to celebrate Black History Month and Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 – Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

WHERE: More than 50 volunteer events across Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

Galesburg    Blessing Boxes
Macomb    Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution
Moline    Arc of the Quad Cities
Quincy    Quincy Neighborhood Foundation

Burlington    United Baptist Church
Cedar Rapids   Mission of Hope
                         Urban Dreams
Des Moines/    Creative Visions
Central Iowa    Meals from the Heartland
                         Habitat for Humanity
                         Urban Dreams
Dubuque     Boys & Girls Club
Quad Cities    Fresh Start Center
                       Salvation Army
Sioux City    Food Bank of Siouxland
Waterloo/Cedar Falls    Jubilee Freedom Center
Kansas City    Harvesters Community Food Network
Topeka            Harvesters Community Food Network
Twin Cities    Hallie Q (in partnership with the Minnesota Wild)
                       Sanneh Foundation
                       Page Education Foundation
Columbia    Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
                    Salvation Army
Kansas City    Harvesters Community Food Network
Lincoln    People’s City Mission
Omaha (Council Bluffs)    Heartland Hope Mission
                                           Urban League of Nebraska
South Sioux City    Food Bank of Siouxland
Sioux Falls    The Banquet
Watertown    People Against Childhood Hunger
Madison    Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 275 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $11 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 more than 88,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit