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Hy-Vee Awards $164,000 to Fund One Step Community Gardens

Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes provide grants for 164 community gardens


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (March 28, 2016) — Hy-Vee, Inc. has awarded 164 One Step Garden Grants totaling $164,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores this spring 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 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 enjoy giving back to our communities,” said Brad Waller, assistant vice president of community relations at Hy-Vee. “Health and wellness is a major emphasis of our business, which is why we are committed to being a strong community partner and working with our customers to improve the lives of those in need. What better way to do that than with our One Step Garden Grants.”

Community groups or organizations can apply for the grants each year on Hy-Vee’s website. The applications are 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 more than 580 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $894,000 in product sales since its inception in 2011.

The grants were awarded as follows:


Iowa State University Extension-Polk County Altoona, IA

Altoona Campus Kids Klub Altoona, IA

The Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Altoona, IA

Ankeny Parks and Recreation Ankeny, IA

Hy-Vee on North Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny, IA

Prairie Trail Hy-Vee Ankeny, IA

Bettendorf Middle School Bettendorf, IA

Boone Hy-Vee Boone, IA

South Hill Neighborhood Association Burlington, IA

Carroll Hy-Vee Carroll, IA

Garfield Elementary School Cedar Rapids, IA

Tanager Place Cedar Rapids, IA

Feed Iowa First Cedar Rapids, IA

Matthew 25 Cedar Rapids, IA

Archer Daniels Midland Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Option Program Cedar Rapids, IA

Options of Linn County Cedar Rapids, IA

Metro Catholic Outreach Cedar Rapids, IA

Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids, IA

Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids, IA

Oakland Road Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Vernon Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids, IA

Edgewood Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids, IA

Johnson Avenue and Blairs Ferry Road Hy-Vee Drugstores Cedar Rapids, IA

Lucas County Health Center Chariton, IA

Charles City Hy-Vee Charles City, IA

Cherokee Hy-Vee Cherokee, IA

Clarinda Regional Health Center Clarinda, IA

Clinton Hy-Vee Clinton, IA

Community Healing Garden at Mercy Cancer Center Clive, IA

Kirkwood Elementary School Coralville, IA

Corning Hy-Vee Corning, IA

Hy-Vee on West Broadway Council Bluffs, IA

Hy-Vee on West Kimberly Road Davenport, IA

Hy-Vee on East 53rd Street Davenport, IA

Amos Hiatt Middle School Des Moines, IA

Moore Elementary School Des Moines, IA

Dubuque Rescue Mission Dubuque, IA

Hy-Vee on Dodge Street Dubuque, IA

Fort Madison Hy-Vee Fort Madison, IA

Grinnell Hy-Vee Grinnell, IA

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Grinnell, IA

Grow: Johnson County Iowa City, IA

Keokuk Hy-Vee Keokuk, IA

Van Buren County Hospital Keosauqua, IA

Le Mars Hy-Vee Le Mars, IA

Linn-Mar COMPASS Alternative Center Marion, IA

Rockwell Collins C Ave Urban Farm Marion, IA

Marshall County 4-H Marshalltown, IA

Marshalltown Hy-Vee Marshalltown, IA

Woodbury Elementary Marshalltown, IA

Ringgold County Public Health Mount Ayr, IA

Muscatine Mainstreet Hy-Vee Muscatine, IA

Newton Hy-Vee Newton, IA

New Hope Community Inc. Oskaloosa, IA

Oskaloosa FFA Oskaloosa, IA

United Way of Wapello County Ottumwa, IA

New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center Perry, IA

Live Well Montgomery County Red Oak, IA

Sheldon Hy-Vee Sheldon, IA

Peace Reformed Church Sioux City, IA

St. James United Methodist Church Community Garden Sioux City, IA

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Woodbury County Sioux City, IA

Spencer Community Gardens Spencer, IA

Villisca Community Garden Villisca, IA

Northeast Iowa Food Bank Waterloo, IA

Orange Elementary Waterloo, IA

Logan Hy-Vee Waterloo, IA

Crossroads Hy-Vee Waterloo, IA

University Hy-Vee Waterloo, IA

Waukee Hy-Vee Waukee, IA

City of Waverly Waverly, IA

Webster City Hy-Vee Webster City, IA

The Homestead 1839 West Burlington, IA

West Lakes Hy-Vee West Des Moines, IA

Mills Civic Parkway Hy-Vee West Des Moines, IA

Cowles Montessori-Des Moines Public Schools Windsor Heights, IA

Winterset Hy-Vee Winterset, IA


Bloomington Hy-Vee Bloomington, IL

Canton Family YMCA Canton, IL

Carl Sandburg Community Garden Galesburg, IL

Knox County Housing Authority Galesburg, IL

Macomb Hy-Vee Macomb, IL

Milan Hy-Vee Milan, IL

Hy-Vee on Avenue of the Cities Moline, IL

John Deere Road Hy-Vee Moline, IL

West Bloomington Active Garden Normal, IL

Sheridan Village Hy-Vee Peoria, IL

Hy-Vee on N. Orange Prairie Road Peoria, IL

St. John’s Anglican Parish Quincy, IL

Hy-Vee on Harrison Street Quincy, IL

Christian Care Rock Island, IL

Rock Island Urban Gardeners Rock Island, IL

Rock Island Hy-Vee Rock Island, IL

Silvis Hy-Vee Silvis, IL

Generation Healthy Kids Springfield, IL

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Springfield, IL

Springfield Hy-Vee Springfield, IL

Sycamore Hy-Vee Sycamore, IL


SW School Garden Project Lawrence, KS

Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway Lawrence, KS

Sixth Street Hy-Vee Lawrence, KS

City of Lenexa Parks and Recreation Lenexa, KS

The Replication Project Inc. Mission, KS

Lone Elm Community Garden Olathe, KS

Ridgeview Hy-Vee Olathe, KS

Heartland Inc. Overland Park, KS

Good Shepherd Catholic Church Shawnee, KS


Albert Lea Hy-Vee Albert Lea, MN

Austin Hy-Vee Austin, MN

Faribault Hy-Vee Faribault, MN

Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church Goodview, MN

Lake Crystal Community Garden Lake Crystal, MN

Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry Mankato, MN

University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program Mankato, MN

New Hope Hy-Vee New Hope, MN

New Prague Community Gardens New Prague, MN

Putting Green EcoCenter New Ulm, MN

Guardian Angels Church Oakdale Oakdale, MN

Owatonna Hy-Vee Owatonna, MN

Rochester North Hy-Vee Rochester, MN

Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza Rochester, MN

Hy-Vee on West Circle Drive NW Rochester, MN

Common Bond St. Paul, MN

Project FINE Winona, MN

Winona Hy-Vee Winona, MN


Girl Scout Troop 979 Buckner, MO

Pass the Taters Community Gardening Project Chillicothe, MO

Cedar Ridge Elementary Columbia, MO

Independence Health Department Independence, MO

Noland Road Hy-Vee Independence, MO

Thomas Jefferson Middle School Jefferson City, MO

Pendleton Heights Community Garden Kansas City, MO

Barry Road Hy-Vee Kansas City, MO

The Green Thumb Project Kirksville, MO

Kirksville Hy-Vee Kirksville, MO

Developing Potential Inc. Lee’s Summit, MO

Liberty Hy-Vee Liberty, MO

SeedSavers-KC The Love Garden Raytown, MO

Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) Raytown, MO

Second Harvest Community Food Bank Saint Joseph, MO

Butler Elementary School Springfield, MO

Springfield Hy-Vee Springfield, MO

West Plains Community Garden West Plains, MO


1C A Mission Church Columbus, NE

COPE Elkhorn, NE

Fremont Hy-Vee Fremont, NE

United Way of the Kearney Area Kearney, NE

Community Crops Lincoln, NE

Northern Lights Hy-Vee Lincoln, NE

The Center for Rural Affairs Lyons, NE

Dundee Community Garden Omaha, NE

Nebraska Extension-Douglas and Sarpy Counties Omaha, NE

Hy-Vee on Stony Brook Boulevard Omaha, NE

Plattsmouth Hy-Vee Plattsmouth, NE

Dakota County Voices for Food South Sioux City, NE

Johnson County Central FFA Tecumseh, NE

South Dakota

Ground Works-Midwest Sioux Falls, SD

Vermillion Community Garden Vermillion, SD

Watertown Housing Authority Watertown, SD

Yankton Hy-Vee Yankton, SD


East Madison Community Center Madison, WI

Hammersley Community Garden Madison, WI

Hy-Vee on East Washington Madison, WI

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit


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