Hy-vee is a local grocery store here in Iowa that I’ve gone to for many years. Not only do they operate in Iowa, but there are over 230 grocery stores located in the Midwest including Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
I’m a firm believer that your average busy mom can make small changes in their everyday life that affect the world in a positive way. We all know that the largest group of consumers are moms and if we start changing where we spend our money, it can make difference.
Hy-Vee’s One Step program is a collection of everyday grocery items that donate a portion of proceeds to worthy causes. You don’t need to spend more money or go out of your way to buy something you wouldn’t normally buy. These are everyday items: potatoes, cereal, paper towels and bottled water.
One Step russet potatoes help fund community gardens that teach those in need the importance of nutritious food and the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables. Proceeds helped fund 240 community gardens in 2014.
One Step paper towels are made from recyclable materials and have funded the planting of 14,000 trees in a flood-damaged area in Iowa. Hy-vee will continue to work with the Arbor Day foundation to plant trees in neighborhoods and other public places.
Proceeds from One Step Shredded Wheat, which is packaged in a 100% recycled cardboard box, will go to help those struggling with food insecurities in the United States. More than $36,000 has been donated to Meals from the Heartland which amounts to 183,000 meals that have reached children and families across the Midwest.
My favorite One Step product is the lemon-flavored bottled water. These big 1 quart water bottles are 4/$5 and come in regular water, lemon, berry and cucumber. Hy-Vee partners with Rotary International to dig water wells for those who do not have safe drinking water. To date, 11 clean water projects have been completed from the proceeds of One Step water in South Africa, South Sudan, Lebanon, Tanzania, Nigeria, Haiti, Kenya and Chad.
So go support worthy causes by shopping at your local Hy-Vee…
One small step to make lives easier, healthier, happier…
One garden at a time.
One meal at a time.
One tree at a time.
One well at a time.