Hy-Vee One Step at Gage Elementary

by Kayley Gamm, RD, LD

Hy-Vee Inc. recently awarded 156 One Step Garden Grants totaling $156,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

Each recipient received $1,000. These 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, facial tissue, bath tissue, napkins 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.

Community groups and organizations applied online for the grants, and their applications were 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.

Including this year’s recipients, Hy-Vee has awarded 740 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $1.3 million in product sales since its inception in 2011.

This year, Gage Elementary School received the grant to continue to grow its current community garden. Kayley Gamm, registered dietitian, and Joey Smith, manager from Hy-Vee on 37th St., went to the school to present the check. Following the check presentation, students and teachers planted the herbs that they had been growing in their classroom.

Kayley Gamm, RD, LD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. After graduation, she moved to Quincy, IL where she worked as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian. While in Illinois, she developed a diabetes education program as well as a community-based wellness program. She then moved to Medford, OR, where she spent a year and a half as a diabetes educator. For the past year and a half she has been living and working in New Zealand. Kayley has a passion for program development and community education. Her most recent project was starting a medical clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, she acted as medical director and developed a telemedicine program to bring nutrition education to the country. Kayley grew up in Mantorville, so returns to the Rochester area to be closer to family and friends. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading and eating at new restaurants. For more posts from Kayley, click here.

Women’s Shelter Wish List Drive

The Rochester Hy-Vee stores hosted a Wish List Drive for the Women’s Shelter on Saturday, June 3.

Women’s Shelter, Inc. assists victims of domestic violence and their children by establishing and maintaining a facility that provides temporary shelter and supplies to those who seek help.

Volunteers staffed tables at all four stores, greeting customers, handing out wish lists and recruiting donations.

At the end of the event, the Women’s Shelter gathered a total of $554 in cash and gift cards in addition to 26 packages of diapers, 48 packages of baby wipes and 86 personal care products. 

None of this could have been possible without the help of Hy-Vee’s generous customers.

Happy National Dairy Month!

Please join me in celebrating National Dairy Month.  Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese and kefir) is packed with essential nutrients and should be enjoyed every day, three times a day!

Join Hy-Vee Dietitian Caity on June 23 for Hy-Vee’s Dairy Event, featuring the Dairy Princess, a butter sculpture, shake-making, a friendly cow and dairy sampling!

Here are the top 8 reasons to enjoy dairy every day!

  1. Protein – Dairy milk, yogurts, cheese and kefir contain more protein per serving than any other milk/dairy alternative (such as almond milk).  In fact, this protein is considered a high quality protein, giving us all of the essential protein parts.
  2. Probiotics – Probiotics are found in yogurts and kefirs and help our digestive system stay comfortable and running smoothly.  Our Dietitian Pick of the Month this month is Dannon Activia yogurt; each serving has billions of probiotic bacteria!
  3. Heart Health – Dairy contains as much potassium as a banana.  Potassium – found in fruits, vegetables and dairy – helps reduce blood pressure and promotes heart health!
  4. Cheap Protein – Milk packs in 8 grams of protein per serving, which only costs about $0.25.  This makes milk one of the cheapest, high-quality proteins in our diet.
  5. Healthy Bones – Dairy products contain some of the highest amounts of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus per serving.  These essential nutrients help build our bones stronger and prevent them from breaking down as we get older.
  6. Safe – Enjoying a refreshing glass of milk from the grocery store is safe with the process of pasteurization, which kills all of the harmful bacteria in milk.
  7. Lactose – For those who are lactose intolerant (not able to have dairy sugar), there are dairy varieties available that are lactose-free.  See Caity for more information about lactose-free foods.
  8. Energy and Growth – Dairy contains vitamin A and 3 essential B vitamins that help the body grow and turn calories into energy.

Join your Hy-Vee dietitian today (and every day) by enjoying a refreshing glass of milk, or try adding Dannon Activia Greek yogurt to a smoothie today!

I am looking forward to seeing you all June 23 for Hy-Vee’s Dairy Event!

Caity is your Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza Registered Dietitian.  She is originally from Rochester, MN, and attended high school in Stewartville.  After high school, Caity received her Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  Through the program, Caity completed internships at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Madison, and Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL.  In the past, Caity has also worked with individuals with special needs in the Rochester community.  During her free time, Caity enjoys being active outdoors, dancing, reading, experimenting with new foods, and spending time with family. For more posts from Caity, click here.

Memorial Day Grilling Event

Your 37th Street Hy-Vee hosted a Memorial Day grilling event on Monday, May 29.  Customers were invited to purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, soda or water and support the perpetual care fund of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.  The event also showcased a flag display (US flag, POW-MIA flag as well as service branch flags), Bells for Eternity and volunteers representing the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee.

Fifteen percent of all proceeds were donated to help ensure that Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial remains one of the finest in the country.  At the end of the event, a grand total of $459.51 was presented to Terry Throndson, current board member and owner of the Bells for Eternity.

Click HERE to learn more about Hy-Vee’s commitment to our nation’s veterans and active military members.