WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (April 22, 2020) — Hy-Vee, Inc., in partnership with its melon supplier Sol Group, donated more than 2,000 jumbo, seedless watermelons to two Peoria, Illinois-based food banks today – Midwest Food Bank and Peoria Area Food Bank.

Hy-Vee delivered more than 1,000 jumbo seedless watermelons to each food bank. Each weighed approximately 20 pounds for a total donation of approximately 40,000 pounds. The donation was made as food banks struggle to keep their shelves stocked due to increased demand from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Product will benefit communities across Illinois and eastern Iowa.

“Hy-Vee has always been about giving back to the communities they serve,” said Adam Lazo, Head of Sales for Sol Group Marketing. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them take care of those in need. 

“We are extremely grateful for Sol Group’s partnership in helping us care for our communities during this difficult time,” said Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s Senior Vice President of Communications. “We are committed to helping our local food banks and hope this donation will provide some relief for them and our communities.”

“The need to feed our local communities is at an all-time high. The donation of fresh produce provides great nourishment for individuals and families, especially for children,” said Wayne Cannon, Manager for Peoria Area Food Bank.

The donation to Midwest Food Bank – Peoria and Peoria Area Food Bank is part of a series of donations that Hy-Vee and Sol are making to help provide fresh produce to food banks across the grocer’s eight-state region.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 265 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 80,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Sol Group Marketing is the largest grower, packer and shipper of melons during the offshore season. Thanks to the commitment of its dedicated employees, Sol grows over 200 million melons across 17,500 acres of farmland in Guatemala and Honduras each season. Since 1985, Sol has uniquely owned and operated its farms and through its fully integrated supply chain, the company continues to succeed as the industry leader in food safety compliance and sustainable practices during the winter season. Part of the Fyffes Group since 2007, the company is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality products and excellent customer service while also growing the love for melons across North America. To learn more about Sol Group Marketing, visit www.solmelons.com.