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RELEASE: Hy-Vee Responds to Tornado Aftermath in Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant

July 20, 2018 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (July 20, 2018) — In response to major tornado damage across several Iowa communities yesterday, Hy-Vee, Inc. began donating meals, snacks and beverages to impacted residents and emergency workers today and will continue its outreach throughout the duration of cleanup efforts.

outreach includes sending five Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles to Marshalltown and Pella to provide mobile meals, snacks and beverages as well as a respite area; providing all meals to the American Red Cross’ shelter at the Marshalltown YMCA; providing more than 150 meals to impacted families in Bondurant; and establishing the Marshalltown Hy-Vee parking lot as a distribution area for people to pick up free snacks, beverages and cleaning supplies.

“Our hearts go out to our employees and all of the families impacted by this natural disaster, as well as the first responders who are taking care of their communities,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “We’re thankful that no lives were lost. As these communities begin their cleanup efforts, we want to do all that we can to help them recover.”

Marshalltown, Bondurant and Pella began cleanup efforts on Friday as weather experts and state leaders toured the damage following tornado touchdowns.

In addition to meals, Hy-Vee plans to distribute more than 111,000 bottles of water, 31,000 bottles of Gatorade, more than 1,600 cases of dried meat snack products and more than 70,000 snack and protein bars from its Marshalltown Hy-Vee parking lot as well as its Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles, which will be traveling to various sites around Pella and Marshalltown over the next several days.

“We’ll continue working with emergency management teams, local officials and the American Red Cross to identify what needs Hy-Vee may be able to assist with,” said Edeker. “We hope by providing meals, beverages and assistance that we can provide some comfort as the damage is assessed and communities begin their cleanup efforts.”

Below are details on Hy-Vee’s outreach efforts:

WHAT: Hy-Vee Snack and Meal Distribution at American Red Cross’ Marshalltown Shelter

WHEN: Starting Saturday

WHERE: Marshalltown YMCA

108 Washington St.

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

WHAT: Free water, ice, Gatorade, snacks available at the Marshalltown Hy-Vee store

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting Today

WHERE: Marshalltown Hy-Vee

802 South Center Street

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

WHAT: Hy-Vee Snack and Beverage Distribution to Pella and Marshalltown Neighborhoods via Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles and American Red Cross’ Emergency Response Vehicles

WHEN: Starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Various locations in Pella and Marshalltown


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 more than 80,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit