Nearly 200 schools, stores and churches across the midwest applied for the grant, and one local elementary school is celebrating after being selected. 

Gage Elementary School in Northwest Rochester was selected by Hy-Vee's One Step program.


What is the One Step program?

Hy-Vee has been donating a portion of earth-friendly sales to local and worldwide charitable causes. Since starting this program in 2011, Hy-Vee has awarded nearly 750 garden grants, and donated more than $1.3 million in product sales.

According to Hy-Vee's assistant vice president of community relations, Brad Waller "with health and wellness being a major emphasis of our business, we believe funding gardens is a great way to educate our communities about healthy eating and growing their own produce."

Each community organization received a $1,000 grant which will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens.



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