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Hy-Vee celebrates Black History Month, recognizes its employees

Sandra Levy
Senior Editor
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Hy-Vee has been busy this week.

In honor of Black History Month, Hy-Vee is pledging 5,000 hours of service to nonprofit organizations across its eight-state region for a week beginning Feb. 22. Hy-Vee employees chose nonprofit organizations in their local areas that help families in underserved communities or are dedicated to social justice and racial equity.

The week of service is part of Hy-Vee’s commitment to donate $1 million and one million volunteer hours to organizations that support racial unity and equality. In addition to volunteer hours, Hy-Vee to date has donated $595,000 as part its $1 million commitment to organizations working to create positive, lasting change in our communities.

Last summer, when Hy-Vee announced its commitment to racial unity and equality, the company said that actions can create real, long-lasting change. With its week of service, employees are helping create that change.

The week of service coincided with Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day on Feb 22, which has been declared by the Food Industry Association as a day to acknowledge the essential role supermarket employees play in our communities. In addition to the week of service, Hy-Vee stores will hold special events to share their appreciation to the company’s more than 88,000 employees.