The Iowa-based grocery store giant is bringing back a popular holiday tradition in an effort to help families in need all across the Midwest.

Hy-Vee officials just announced that the company is once again partnering with Hormel Foods as well as local first responders and food pantries to hand out 5,000 hams.

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This effort will provide 25,000 meals to those in need. Ten food banks were picked to bring this initiative to families in need across the Midwest. In an official statement from Hy-Vee officials, the hams are set to be handed out to families at a series of giveaway events.

Officials confirmed that they will be having ten of these events across seven states in the Midwest.

“Food insecurity is a very real concern that affects many of our neighbors and customers,” said Hy-Vee’s CEO Jeremy Gosch.

Four of these ten stops will be right here in the Hawkeye State including Waterloo, Davenport, Ottumwa, and Sioux City.

Depending on the location, the hams will be given out via drive-thru or walk-up.

Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee via Google Maps
Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee via Google Maps


Officials stated that the event will run for the designated time that is mentioned below OR when all of the hams are given out.

Hy-Vee 5,000 Ham Giveaway Stops

Thursday, December 7th

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Wapello County Emergency Management Agency

2417 Emma Street Ottumwa, Iowa

Monday, December 11th

10:00 AM to noon

The Food Bank Market

705 Business Loop 70W

Columbia, Missouri


10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Belgrade United Methodist Church (parking lot)

325 Sherman Street

North Mankato, Minnesota


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Tyson Events Center

401 Gordon Drive

Sioux City, Iowa


Tuesday, December 12th

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Crossroads Hy-Vee

1422 Flammang Drive

Waterloo, Iowa


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds

2815 W. Locust Street

Davenport, Iowa


Wednesday, December 13th

10:00 AM to noon

Capital City School

500 SW Tuffy Kellogg Drive

Topeka, Kansas


Thursday, December 14th

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Janesville Hy-Vee

2500 Humes Road

Janesville, Wisconsin


Friday, December 15th

9:00 AM to noon

Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska

114 East 11th Street

Kearney, Nebraska


Monday, December 18th

Ascension Lutheran Church

2300 3rd Street

Brookings, South Dakota




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