Hy-Vee Donates 5,500 Hams to Second Harvest Heartland in Brooklyn Park
Hy-Vee donated 5,500 hams to Second Harvest Heartland in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, to try to help food banks combat summer hunger. The donation is part of Hy-Vee’s “Ending Summer Hunger” initiative to help provide meat to food banks throughout its eight-state region.
“We do expect the need to grow and the summer goes on. We don’t expect it to let up,” said Jean Jagodzinski with Second Harvest Heartland.
There’s also a need for more than canned goods.
“We find that food banks need proteins in the summer. With ongoing COVID, there’s a lot of need. One in nine Minnesotans are facing hunger right now,” said New Hope Hy-Vee director Jack Stortenbecker. “So this is something we thought we could do to help with the community.”
The donation to Second Harvest Heartland weighs approximately 73,500 pounds and is worth more than $165,000.
Hy-Vee stores plan to donate 7,200 hams throughout the Midwest, in communities that are served by Hy-Vee.