“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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Hy-Vee Starbucks Employees Donate Tips to March of Dimes

Every month, our Starbucks employees inside the West Circle Drive Hy-Vee donate their tips to a local charity.

March of Dimes was selected as the charity of choice for the month of June. 

Tips collected throughout the month totaled $1,099.38

Paul Klinger, Board Chair for the Rochester chapter, graciously accepted the donation on behalf of March of Dimes on July 10, 2017.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Looking ahead to next month, July’s tips will be donated to Recovery is Happening.

(insert photo – Summary: Hy-Vee employees presented a donation of $1,099.38 to Paul Klinger, Board Chair for March of Dimes.)

Hy-Vee and Rochesterfest

Rochesterfest celebrated 35 years of summer fun, June 17-25, 2017.  The mission of this weeklong event has been to promote and celebrate the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events.

Hy-Vee was proud to be a major sponsor of Rochesterfest by selling the buttons and posters ($5 each) at all four Rochester Hy-Vee locations.

Hy-Vee also participated in “Health & Wellness at the Fest” on Friday, June 23 as well as the Grand Parade on Saturday, June 24. 

Hy-Vee employees took their smiles beyond the aisles and handed out cold bottled water to over 4,000 parade attendees.

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.