Hy-Vee Prepares to Feed 80,000 People in Need With Thanksgiving Meals
WEST DES MOINES, IA - Thanksgiving is almost upon us! The seasonal feeling of giving and thankfulness comes at a time when many are still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Hy-Vee is aiming to ease worries for its local communities. Recently, the retailer announced all Hy-Vee stores will donate Thanksgiving meals to local families in need this holiday season. More than 260 Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh stores are donating up to 100 meal kits each to a local non-profit partner in the community who will distribute the meals to local families in need.
“The effects of COVID-19 continue to impact families across all of our communities, especially when it comes to food insecurity,” said Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO, and President of Hy-Vee. “As a company, we wanted to give back to those in need this Thanksgiving so more people could enjoy a nice traditional meal with their family. As the holidays continue, we will be supporting our communities and local food banks to help ensure no one goes hungry this holiday season.”
According to the press release, Hy-Vee will be donating 80,000 meals to more than 260 communities across Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin.
Each kit will make a Thanksgiving meal for a small family of four. The meal kits include a turkey, a 5-lb bag of potatoes, stuffing mix, corn, green beans, rolls, and a pumpkin pie. Each non-profit partner will make the determination on who receives the meals.
In addition to the donations made through retail store locations, Hy-Vee will also directly donate a total of more than 2,500 meal packages to six community partners. Those partners are:
- Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines, Iowa
- Urban Dreams in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri
- Urban League of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska
- Page Education Foundation/Hallie Q Brown Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
We at AndNowUKnow would like to commend Hy-Vee and all others that are putting those in need first.