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Hy-Vee Partners with Hormel Foods and First Responders to Give Away 5,000 Hams

Hy-Vee’s annual Hams for the Holidays campaign includes donations to 10 food banks across eight states


Hy-Vee, Inc. is announcing its annual partnership with Hormel Foods, food pantries, and local first responders to give away 5,000 Hormel® Cure 81® Hams. This initiative is part of Hy-Vee’s Hams for the Holidays program and will provide 25,000 meals to those in need. Ten Feeding America member food banks have been selected to bring this initiative to families in need across the Midwest. The hams will be distributed to families at a series of giveaway events scheduled across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region by Hy-Vee employees, local first responders and food pantry volunteers.

“Food insecurity is a very real concern that affects many of our neighbors and customers,” said Jeremy Gosch, Hy-Vee’s CEO. “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 where hams will be available via drive-thru or walk-up, depending on location. Over the last six years, Hy-Vee and Hormel Foods have partnered to provide 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, Hormel® Cure 81® 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 that was founded in 1989. The program involves a partnership between Hormel Foods and grocery retailers across the country. Throughout the years, more than $16 million in hams have been donated, feeding tens of thousands of families 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.


Thursday, Dec. 7
4 to 6 p.m.

Wapello County Emergency Management Agency
2417 Emma Street
Ottumwa, Iowa

Monday, Dec. 11
10 a.m. to noon

The Food Bank Market
705 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, Missouri

Monday, Dec. 11
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Belgrade United Methodist Church(parking lot)
325 Sherman Street
North Mankato, Minnesota

Monday, Dec. 11
3 to 5 p.m.

Tyson Events Center
401 Gordon Drive
(Please enter on Pierce St.)
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, Dec. 12
3 to 5 p.m.

Crossroads Hy-Vee
1422 Flammang Drive
Waterloo, Iowa

Tuesday, Dec. 12
4 to 6 p.m.

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
2815 W. Locust Street
Davenport, Iowa

Wednesday, Dec. 13
10 a.m. to noon

Capital City School
500 SW Tuffy Kellogg Drive
Topeka, Kansas
(Located in the parking lot of Hummer Sports Park Complex)

Thursday, Dec. 14
4 to 6 p.m.

Janesville Hy-Vee
2500 Humes Road
Janesville, Wisconsin

Friday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. to noon

Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
114 East 11th Street
Kearney, Nebraska

Monday, Dec. 18
5 to 7 p.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church
2300 3rd Street
Brookings, South Dakota



Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 550 business units across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $13 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 5 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 3 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 75,000 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 $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®, Jennie-O® 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 on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list by 3BL Media 13 times, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit and

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