Hy-Vee Awards $164,000 to Fund One Step Community Gardens


Hy-Vee has awarded 164 One Step Garden Grants totaling $164,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores this spring as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

PRESS RELEASE WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (March 28, 2016) — Hy-Vee, Inc. has awarded 164 One Step Garden Grants totaling $164,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores this spring as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

The $1,000 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 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.

“At Hy-Vee, we enjoy giving back to our communities,” said Brad Waller, assistant vice president of community relations at Hy-Vee. “Health and wellness is a major emphasis of our business, which is why we are committed to being a strong community partner and working with our customers to improve the lives of those in need. What better way to do that than with our One Step Garden Grants.”

Community groups or organizations can apply for the grants each year on Hy-Vee’s website. The applications are 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.

With this year’s recipients included, Hy-Vee has awarded more than 580 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $894,000 in product sales since its inception in 2011.

The grants were awarded as follows:


Iowa State University Extension-Polk County

Altoona, IA

Altoona Campus Kids Klub

Altoona, IA

The Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Altoona, IA

Ankeny Parks and Recreation

Ankeny, IA

Hy-Vee on North Ankeny Boulevard

Ankeny, IA

Prairie Trail Hy-Vee

Ankeny, IA

Bettendorf Middle School

Bettendorf, IA

Boone Hy-Vee

Boone, IA

South Hill Neighborhood Association

Burlington, IA

Carroll Hy-Vee

Carroll, IA

Garfield Elementary School

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tanager Place

Cedar Rapids, IA

Feed Iowa First

Cedar Rapids, IA

Matthew 25

Cedar Rapids, IA

Archer Daniels Midland

Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Option Program

Cedar Rapids, IA

Options of Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA

Metro Catholic Outreach

Cedar Rapids, IA

Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids, IA

Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids, IA

Oakland Road Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Vernon Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids, IA

Edgewood Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids, IA

Johnson Avenue and Blairs Ferry Road Hy-Vee Drugstores

Cedar Rapids, IA

Lucas County Health Center

Chariton, IA

Charles City Hy-Vee

Charles City, IA

Cherokee Hy-Vee

Cherokee, IA

Clarinda Regional Health Center

Clarinda, IA

Clinton Hy-Vee

Clinton, IA

Community Healing Garden at Mercy Cancer Center

Clive, IA

Kirkwood Elementary School

Coralville, IA

Corning Hy-Vee

Corning, IA

Hy-Vee on West Broadway

Council Bluffs, IA

Hy-Vee on West Kimberly Road

Davenport, IA

Hy-Vee on East 53rd Street

Davenport, IA

Amos Hiatt Middle School

Des Moines, IA

Moore Elementary School

Des Moines, IA

Dubuque Rescue Mission

Dubuque, IA

Hy-Vee on Dodge Street

Dubuque, IA

Fort Madison Hy-Vee

Fort Madison, IA

Grinnell Hy-Vee

Grinnell, IA

Grinnell Regional Medical Center

Grinnell, IA

Grow: Johnson County

Iowa City, IA

Keokuk Hy-Vee

Keokuk, IA

Van Buren County Hospital

Keosauqua, IA

Le Mars Hy-Vee

Le Mars, IA

Linn-Mar COMPASS Alternative Center

Marion, IA

Rockwell Collins C Ave Urban Farm

Marion, IA

Marshall County 4-H

Marshalltown, IA

Marshalltown Hy-Vee

Marshalltown, IA

Woodbury Elementary

Marshalltown, IA

Ringgold County Public Health

Mount Ayr, IA

Muscatine Mainstreet Hy-Vee

Muscatine, IA

Newton Hy-Vee

Newton, IA

New Hope Community Inc.

Oskaloosa, IA

Oskaloosa FFA

Oskaloosa, IA

United Way of Wapello County

Ottumwa, IA

New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center

Perry, IA

Live Well Montgomery County

Red Oak, IA

Sheldon Hy-Vee

Sheldon, IA

Peace Reformed Church

Sioux City, IA

St. James United Methodist Church Community Garden

Sioux City, IA

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Woodbury County

Sioux City, IA

Spencer Community Gardens

Spencer, IA

Villisca Community Garden

Villisca, IA

Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Waterloo, IA

Orange Elementary

Waterloo, IA

Logan Hy-Vee

Waterloo, IA

Crossroads Hy-Vee

Waterloo, IA

University Hy-Vee

Waterloo, IA

Waukee Hy-Vee

Waukee, IA

City of Waverly

Waverly, IA

Webster City Hy-Vee

Webster City, IA

The Homestead 1839

West Burlington, IA

West Lakes Hy-Vee

West Des Moines, IA

Mills Civic Parkway Hy-Vee

West Des Moines, IA

Cowles Montessori-Des Moines Public Schools

Windsor Heights, IA

Winterset Hy-Vee

Winterset, IA


Bloomington Hy-Vee

Bloomington, IL

Canton Family YMCA

Canton, IL

Carl Sandburg Community Garden

Galesburg, IL

Knox County Housing Authority

Galesburg, IL

Macomb Hy-Vee

Macomb, IL

Milan Hy-Vee

Milan, IL

Hy-Vee on Avenue of the Cities

Moline, IL

John Deere Road Hy-Vee

Moline, IL

West Bloomington Active Garden

Normal, IL

Sheridan Village Hy-Vee

Peoria, IL

Hy-Vee on N. Orange Prairie Road

Peoria, IL

St. John’s Anglican Parish

Quincy, IL

Hy-Vee on Harrison Street

Quincy, IL

Christian Care

Rock Island, IL

Rock Island Urban Gardeners

Rock Island, IL

Rock Island Hy-Vee

Rock Island, IL

Silvis Hy-Vee

Silvis, IL

Generation Healthy Kids

Springfield, IL

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois

Springfield, IL

Springfield Hy-Vee

Springfield, IL

Sycamore Hy-Vee

Sycamore, IL


SW School Garden Project

Lawrence, KS

Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway

Lawrence, KS

Sixth Street Hy-Vee

Lawrence, KS

City of Lenexa Parks and Recreation

Lenexa, KS

The Replication Project Inc.

Mission, KS

Lone Elm Community Garden

Olathe, KS

Ridgeview Hy-Vee

Olathe, KS

Heartland Inc.

Overland Park, KS

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Shawnee, KS


Albert Lea Hy-Vee

Albert Lea, MN

Austin Hy-Vee

Austin, MN

Faribault Hy-Vee

Faribault, MN

Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church

Goodview, MN

Lake Crystal Community Garden

Lake Crystal, MN

Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry

Mankato, MN

University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program

Mankato, MN

New Hope Hy-Vee

New Hope, MN

New Prague Community Gardens

New Prague, MN

Putting Green EcoCenter

New Ulm, MN

Guardian Angels Church Oakdale

Oakdale, MN

Owatonna Hy-Vee

Owatonna, MN

Rochester North Hy-Vee

Rochester, MN

Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza

Rochester, MN

Hy-Vee on West Circle Drive NW

Rochester, MN

Common Bond

St. Paul, MN

Project FINE

Winona, MN

Winona Hy-Vee

Winona, MN


Girl Scout Troop 979

Buckner, MO

Pass the Taters Community Gardening Project

Chillicothe, MO

Cedar Ridge Elementary

Columbia, MO

Independence Health Department

Independence, MO

Noland Road Hy-Vee

Independence, MO

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Jefferson City, MO

Pendleton Heights Community Garden

Kansas City, MO

Barry Road Hy-Vee

Kansas City, MO

The Green Thumb Project

Kirksville, MO

Kirksville Hy-Vee

Kirksville, MO

Developing Potential Inc.

Lee’s Summit, MO

Liberty Hy-Vee

Liberty, MO

SeedSavers-KC The Love Garden

Raytown, MO

Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)

Raytown, MO

Second Harvest Community Food Bank

Saint Joseph, MO

Butler Elementary School

Springfield, MO

Springfield Hy-Vee

Springfield, MO

West Plains Community Garden

West Plains, MO


1C A Mission Church

Columbus, NE


Elkhorn, NE

Fremont Hy-Vee

Fremont, NE

United Way of the Kearney Area

Kearney, NE

Community Crops

Lincoln, NE

Northern Lights Hy-Vee

Lincoln, NE

The Center for Rural Affairs

Lyons, NE

Dundee Community Garden

Omaha, NE

Nebraska Extension-Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Omaha, NE

Hy-Vee on Stony Brook Boulevard

Omaha, NE

Plattsmouth Hy-Vee

Plattsmouth, NE

Dakota County Voices for Food

South Sioux City, NE

Johnson County Central FFA

Tecumseh, NE

South Dakota

Ground Works-Midwest

Sioux Falls, SD

Vermillion Community Garden

Vermillion, SD

Watertown Housing Authority

Watertown, SD

Yankton Hy-Vee

Yankton, SD


East Madison Community Center

Madison, WI

Hammersley Community Garden

Madison, WI

Hy-Vee on East Washington

Madison, WI

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