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Hy-Vee Partners with Hormel Foods and First Responders to Give Away 2,650 Hams

Hy-Vee’s Annual Hams for the Holidays Campaign Assists Families in Need


December 13, 2019

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 12, 2019) – Hy-Vee, Inc., in partnership with Hormel Foods and first responders, announced details for its 2019 Hams for the Holidays campaign. The 3rd Annual Hams for the Holidays initiative will visit 10 cities across the Midwest this year. From Dec. 16-20, Hy-Vee employees and first responders will hand out 2,650 Hormel Cure 81® hams to families in need throughout the company’s eight-state region.

“We are fortunate to have great customers and partners who share Hy-Vee’s passion for giving back to the community,” said Tina Potthoff, senior vice president of communications for Hy-Vee. “Since 2017, Hams for the Holidays has been an incredible way for us to help our neighbors in need. We are excited to continue our efforts this year to reach families in the areas we serve.”

Hy-Vee’s Hams for the Holidays donations come from the Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program that was founded in 1989. The program involves a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country. Throughout the years, more than $14 million in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of families.

“Hormel Foods is proud to partner with Hy-Vee to support hunger-relief efforts in the communities served by the company’s stores,” said Megan Elliott, senior brand manager, meat products marketing, Hormel Foods. “The Hormel® Cure 81® Hams for Hunger® program highlights our long-standing relationship with Hy-Vee, and we are honored to work together and make such a substantial contribution for those in need.”

Between Monday, Dec. 16, and Friday, Dec. 20, Hy-Vee employees and first responders will hand out free hams to those in need at the following locations. The events will last for one hour or until all hams are distributed, whichever occurs first.

Dates Event Location

Monday, Dec. 16

5 p.m. start time DAVENPORT, IOWA:

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds

2815 Locust St.

Davenport, Iowa

Tuesday, Dec. 17

4 p.m. start time KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI:

KCPD East Precinct

2640 Prospect Ave.

Kansas City, Missouri

Tuesday, Dec. 17

5 p.m. start time MADISON, WISCONSIN:

Goodman Park Pool

325 W. Olin Ave.

Madison, Wisconsin

Tuesday, Dec. 17

5 p.m. start time VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA:

Vermillion Hy-Vee

525 W. Cherry St.

Vermillion, South Dakota

Wednesday, Dec. 18

5 p.m. start time OMAHA, NEBRASKA:

Northwest Omaha P.D.

10245 Wiesman Dr.

Omaha, Nebraska

Wednesday, Dec. 18

5 p.m. start time ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA:

National Guard Armory

1715 Marion Road, S.E.

Rochester, Minnesota

Thursday, Dec. 19

5 p.m. start time DES MOINES, IOWA:

Evelyn K. Davis Park

1400 Forest Ave.

Des Moines, Iowa

Thursday, Dec. 19

5 p.m. start time GALESBURG, ILLINOIS:

Public Safety Building

150 S. Broad St.

Galesburg, Illinois

(side parking lot facing S. Cedar St.)

Friday, Dec.20

5 p.m. start time MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA:

Hospitality House

1220 Logan Ave., N.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, Dec.20

5 p.m. start time LAWRENCE, KANSAS:

Douglas County Fairgrounds

2120 Harper St.

Lawrence, Kansas

About Hy-Vee, Inc.

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


Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin's®, Columbus®, Wholly®Guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit and


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