Hy-Vee awards thousands of dollars to fund Community Gardens

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WEST DES MOINES – Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Monday, March 28, that a total of $164,000 One Step Garden Grants were awarded to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores, including 21 in Illinois.

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. Some of these 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 of potatoes sold, 5 cents goes toward funding the community garden grants.

These $1,000 grants will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens. The grants help the community gardens teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Assistant Vice President of Community Relations at Hy-Vee, Brad Waller says they enjoy giving back to the community.

“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,” Waller explains.

Community groups or organizations can apply for the One Step Garden 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.

This year, Hy-Vee awarded 164 grants.

With this year’s recipients included, Hy-Vee has awarded more than 580 grants since 2013 with more than $894,000 being donated overall since 2011.

The following organizations were awarded grants in Illinois:

  • Bloomington Hy-Vee
  • Canton Family YMCA
  • Carl Sandburg Community Garden
  • Knox County Housing Authority
  • Macomb Hy-Vee
  • Milan Hy-Vee
  • Hy-Vee on Avenue of the Cities
  • John Deere Road Hy-Vee
  • West Bloomington Active Garden
  • Sheridan Village Hy-Vee              
  • Hy-Vee on N. Orange Prairie Road
  • St. John’s Anglican Parish
  • Hy-Vee on Harrison Street
  • Christian Care
  • Rock Island Urban Gardeners
  • Rock Island Hy-Vee
  • Silvis Hy-Vee
  • Generation Healthy Kids
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois
  • Springfield Hy-Vee
  • Sycamore Hy-Vee

A full list of the organizations awarded grants this year can be found here.

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