In March, the Rochester Hy-Vee stores were named Environmental Achievement Award winners by Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities. Hy-Vee is also represented on the cover of the current Rochester Public Utilities magazine.
The magazine wrote:
“By integrating an environmental ethic into their operations, Hy-Vee is demonstrating what’s good for the environment can also be good for business. Companywide, Hy-Vee sells responsibly sourced seafood, participates in the “Misfits” program — an initiative to combat food waste by selling discounted produce that doesn’t meet traditional cosmetic standards — and recycles millions of pounds of cardboard, plastic and paper every year.
“In addition to these policies, each of the four Rochester stores has partnered with Community Food Response (CFR) and the Channel One Regional Food Bank to divert food waste. Last year, the stores collectively donated over 164 tons of food (22 tons to CFR and 142 tons to Channel One).”
Kaitlin Anderson, dietitian at the Rochester No. 2 Hy-Vee, nominated the Rochester Hy-Vee stores for the award.
“When I saw the email announcing the Environmental Achievement Awards, I knew right away that I wanted to nominate Hy-Vee,” Anderson said. “It’s so easy for us to get caught up in our day-to-day work of stocking shelves, helping customers and selling groceries, and all of that is important – don’t get me wrong – but it’s also important for us to step back and take time to shout about some of the amazing things that we are doing behind the scenes. Because if we don’t tell our community, then who will?”