Hy-Vee partners with Hormel Foods to give away 5,000 hams

(Undated) -- Hy-Vee is partnering with Hormel Foods to hand out thousands of hams ahead of the Easter holiday.

The grocery chain says the Fourth Annual Hams for the Holidays initiative includes stops in 14 cities in the month of March. They say Hy-Vee employees, along with local law enforcement, fire and EMS, will hand out 5,000 Hormel hams to families in need throughout the company’s eight-state region.

“There is no doubt that 2020 was one of the toughest years we have ever faced and so many are still struggling with food insecurity,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “We are fortunate to have great partners who share Hy-Vee’s passion for giving back to the community. Since 2017, Hy-Vee’s Hams for the Holidays events have been an incredible way for us to help thousands of our neighbors in need. We look forward to continuing our efforts this spring to directly impact those in the areas we serve.”

Fourteen events are scheduled between March 24-31, ahead of the Easter holiday. Hy-Vee says the hams will be loaded into customer vehicles using a contact-less method to minimize physical contact and enforce social distancing. All event helpers will be wearing masks and gloves for additional safety measures.

“Hormel Foods is proud to partner with Hy-Vee to support hunger-relief efforts in their communities,” said Kelsey Tynan, Hormel® Cure 81® brand manager at Hormel Foods. “The Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays promotion amplifies our Hormel(r) Cure 81(r) Hams for Hunger® program and 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.”

The following is the list of locations and start times. Each event will last for up to two hours or until all hams are distributed, whichever occurs first.

  • Wednesday, March 24 - 5 p.m. start time
    • SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds 100 N. Lyon Blvd. Sioux Falls, SD
  • Thursday, March 25 - 5 p.m. start time
    • DES MOINES, IOWA - Evelyn Davis Park 1400 Forest Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309
    • FITCHBURG, WIS. - Boys and Girls Club 4619 Jenewein Road Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - Fellowship Baptist Church 3355 N. 4th Street Minneapolis, MN
    • MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - Hospitality House 1220 Logan Avenue North Minneapolis, MN
    • PEORIA, ILL. - Peoria Friendship House 800 NE Madison Ave. Peoria, IL
    • QUAD CITIES, ILL. - SouthPark Mall 4500 16th St. Moline, IL
  • Friday, March 26 - 5 p.m. start time
    • KANSAS CITY, MO. - KCPD East Precinct 2640 Prospect Ave. Kansas City, MO 64127
  • Monday, March 29 - 5 p.m. start time
    • SIOUX CITY, IOWA - Riverside Park 100 Riverside Blvd. Sioux City, IA
  • Tuesday, March 30 - 5 p.m. start time
    • OTTUMWA, IOWA - Quincy Place Mall 1110 N. Quincy Ave. Ottumwa, IA
    • LINCOLN, NEB. - Lincoln Salvation Army 2526 Potter St. Lincoln, NE
    • ROCHESTER, MINN. - Roy Watson Youth Sports Complex 1000 Essex Parkway NW Rochester, MN
  • Wednesday, March 31 - 5 p.m. start time
    • CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Veterans Memorial Stadium 950 Rockford Road SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
    • COLUMBIA, MO. - Albert Oakland Park 1900 Blue Ridge Road Columbia, MO
    • TOPEKA, KANSAS - Hummer Sports Park 436 SW Oakley Ave. Topeka, KA

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