Hy-Vee: Homefront effort raises more than $216,000 to assist veterans

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Hy-Vee customers donate more than $100,000 by rounding up their grocery bills

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 30, 2015) — Earlier this month, Hy-Vee, Inc. encouraged its customers to join its Hy-Vee Homefront initiative and help serve the men and women who have served America. Through its efforts, Hy-Vee will be donating more than $216,000 to organizations that assist local veterans and their families.

The Hy-Vee Homefront initiative is comprised of several company efforts to recognize and assist veterans and their families, including complimentary Veterans Day breakfasts at all Hy-Vee stores, donations to organizations that assist veterans through the Round Up for the Homefront program, Honor Flights and veteran and military member employee recruitment.

During Hy-Vee’s 2015 Round Up for the Homefront program, which occurred Nov. 5 – 15, customers at all 240 Hy-Vee stores across eight Midwestern states were able to round up their purchases to the next dollar — or a desired dollar amount — at the checkout to help programs that assist veterans. The effort raised $116,870, a figure Hy-Vee will match with a $100,000 donation.

“Hy-Vee customers’ deserve a sincere thank you for their generous efforts to support our veterans and active military members,” said Brad Waller, assistant vice president of community relations at Hy-Vee. “The donations made by our customers will go directly to assisting our country’s heroes.”

The more than $216,000 raised will benefit three organizations that support veterans and their families: Hope for the Warriors, Operation First Response and the Puppy Jake Foundation.

Hope for the Warriors is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families and the families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Operation First Response helps meet the immediate personal and financial needs of wounded military members and their families. And, the Puppy Jake Foundation raises, trains and provides service dogs to veterans.

In addition to the Round Up program, Hy-Vee also commemorated Veterans Day by offering a free breakfast to all veterans and active-duty military members. A new attendance record was set this year with Hy-Vee serving 91,384 veterans and service members breakfast on Nov. 11 – approximately 8,000 more than those served during Hy-Vee’s 2014 Veterans Day breakfast.

For more information about the Hy-Vee Homefront initiative, the organizations benefited and how you can get involved, visit www.hy-vee.com/homefront.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.