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Hy-Vee, Hormel Foods Giving Away Holiday Hams

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Hy-Vee Inc. is continuing its annual partnership with Hormel Foods, food pantries and local first responders to give away 5,000 Hormel Cure 81 Hams this season across the grocer’s eight-state region.

Part of Hy-Vee’s “Hams for the Holidays” program, the initiative will provide 25,000 meals through 10 Feeding America member food banks in the Midwest.

“Food insecurity is a very real concern that affects many of our neighbors and customers,” said CEO Jeremy Gosch of Hy-Vee.

“With the support of our partner, Hormel Foods, we can give back and help make this holiday season a little brighter for those who may be struggling.”

Ten giveaway events are scheduled this month, with hams available via drive-thru or walk-up, depending on location. Over the last six years, the partnership between Hy-Vee and Hormel has provided more than 26,000 Hormel Cure 81 hams to those in need.

“Hormel Foods is proud to continue our partnership with Hy-Vee to support hunger relief efforts in our community locations,” said Katie Lynch, brand manager at Hormel Foods. “Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays and our Hormel Cure 81 Hams for Hunger program have made the opportunity for families in need to enjoy a delicious holiday meal a reality.”

Hy-Vee’s Hams for the Holidays donations come from the Hormel Cure 81 Hams for Hunger program, which was founded in 1989. The program involves a partnership between Hormel and grocery retailers across the country. Over the years, more than $16 million in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of people across the country. 

Following is the list of locations and event start times. Each event will last for the timeframe listed below or until all hams are distributed, whichever occurs first. 

  • Dec. 7 – 4-6 p.m. at Wapello County Emergency Management Agency in Ottumwa, Iowa.
  • Dec. 11 – 10 a.m.-noon at The Food Bank Market in Columbia, Missouri; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Belgrade United Methodist Church in North Mankato, Minnesota; and 3-5 p.m. at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Dec. 12 – 3-5 p.m at the Crossroads Hy-Vee store in Waterloo, Iowa; and 4-6 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
  • Dec. 13 – 10 a.m.-noon at Capital City School in Topeka, Kansas.
  • Dec. 14 – 4-6 p.m. at the Hy-Vee in Janesville, Wisconsin.
  • Dec. 15 – 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in Kearney, Nebraska.
  • Dec. 18 – 5-7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota.

About Hy-Vee 

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 285 retail stores with sales of more than $13 billion annually. It ranks in the Top 5 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s top three favorite grocery stores.

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