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

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

 

Illinois

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

 

Kansas

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

 

Minnesota

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

 

Missouri

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

 

Nebraska

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

 

Wisconsin

East Madison Community Center-Madison, WI

Hammersley Community Garden-Madison, WI

Hy-Vee on East Washington-Madison, WI

 

 

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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 www.hy-vee.com.