“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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Balloon Brigade Brings Smiles Beyond the Aisles

Not everyone is lucky enough to be home for the holidays.  That was the inspiration behind Hy-Vee img_565511Rochester’s Balloon Brigade.

The goal was to deliver 1,000 balloons to children undergoing treatment in our community. The good news is that we surpassed that goal.

December 1 through December 11, customers were invited to donate a balloon valued at $5, $10 or $15 at checkout.  Then, on December 19, a team of Hy-Vee helpful smiles delivered a grand total of 1,467 balloons to children at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

The reactions were priceless and the smiles were absolutely contagious.  What a simple way to spread cheer this holiday season. 

We are so thankful for the generosity of Hy-Vee customers who made this happen and we look forward to an even bigger Balloon Brigade next year.

Check out the footage here:

http://www.kttc.com/story/34090101/2016/12/19/balloon-brigade-lifts-the-spirits-of-pediatric-patients

http://kimt.com/2016/12/19/lifting-spirits-one-balloon-at-a-time/ 

Plus, more photos from the Post-Bulletin:

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/balloon-brigade/collection_4ec5a806-c625-11e6-8095-0f5cfc2fb10e.html

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Balloon Brigade at Hy-Vee

Not everyone is lucky enough to be home for the holidays.  That’s the inspiration behind Hy-Vee Rochester’s Balloon Brigade.

The goal is to deliver 1,000 balloons to children undergoing treatment in our community.

December 1 through December 11, customers are invited to donate a balloon valued at $5, $10 or $15 during checkout.  Then, on December 19, a team of Hy-Vee helpful smiles will deliver these balloons to children at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. 

When you’re in shopping this week, please consider donating a balloon to a child who can’t be home for the holidays.  It’s a simple way to spread cheer this holiday season.