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Hy-Vee Responds to Derecho Storm Damage in Cedar Rapids Area

August 12, 2020 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 12, 2020) — In response to severe storm damage across Iowa earlier this week, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that it will donate snacks and beverages to residents in need across the Cedar Rapids area.  

“The damage inflicted by this storm to our communities is unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time, as it cut such a wide path across the state and hit so many areas,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “The damage is especially severe in the Cedar Rapids area, and we want to do whatever we can to help those residents as they clean up their neighborhoods and begin the recovery process.”

Hy-Vee semi-trailers and the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile will be in the Cedar Rapids area on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14. The Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile will be providing beverages and snacks as it navigates Cedar Rapids area neighborhoods to help with recovery efforts both days. In addition, the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile will be making stops throughout neighborhoods allowing residents without power the ability to charge their mobile phones. 

In addition, Hy-Vee and HACAP have partnered for a contactless, drive-thru giveaway on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. or while supplies last. Hy-Vee is donating $68,000 in product, which includes more than 140,000 bottles of water and a combination of more than 80,000 protein bars and granola bars (shelf-stable product). Also included in the donation is 19 pallets of Nestle Pure Life Water, directly donated from Nestle, and products from BODYARMOR.
A severe weather event known as a “derecho” brought winds in excess of 100 miles per hour and heavy rains across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Due to the nature of the storm, damage to homes and businesses was much more widespread than a tornado, and more than 20 Iowa counties are under emergency declarations. 

WHAT:         Free supplies available at Veterans Memorial Stadium 
WHEN:        Friday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last)
WHERE:     Veterans Memorial Stadium (Kernels Stadium) 
                      950 Rockford Road, S.W. 
                      Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

WHAT:         Free supplies available from the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile
WHEN:        Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE:     Cedar Rapids neighborhoods; follow Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee store Facebook pages for details


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 265 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 more than 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit