GiGi Giacalone, a 16-year-old courtesy clerk at the Omaha No. 11 Hy-Vee, recently started working at Hy-Vee. When she received her first paycheck in February, she spent the entire $134 – plus some additional funds from her savings account – on a grocery donation to Food Bank for the Heartland, a local food pantry.
Giacalone cashed her check and then hand-selected all of the groceries at “her” Hy-Vee.
“I don’t think people should have to worry about when they eat or choosing between bills or a meal,” said Giacalone. “I enjoy helping others who are less fortunate and it makes me feel good. I also want to demonstrate Hy-Vee’s core values of generosity and giving back to the community.”
Brian Kempkes, human resource manager at the Omaha No. 11 Hy-Vee, said it’s clear that Giacalone loves working at Hy-Vee, because she’s very friendly with customers and has already experienced personal growth.