May 19 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This Saturday, all four Rochester Minnesota Hy-Vee stores are coming together to raise critical funding for Operation Welcome Home, a free program offered to local active military, veterans and their families.

This Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 11am until 5pm, Hy-Vee will be hosting Celebrity Grocery baggers at each Rochester location. In addition to any gratuities received by baggers, additional funds will be raised upon checkout allowing customers to simply donate any amount and have it added to their total. Hy-Vee will also be contributing a portion of the proceeds from cookouts occurring at each store.

Ironwood Springs’ Director of Development, Lou Kastler says “This is a wonderful partnership and we are grateful for Hy-Vee’s amazing support of Operation Welcome Home, the program truly makes for such a positive and lasting impact on individuals, families and their communities

Hy-Vee is no stranger to Operation Welcome Home, in 2017, more than 3000 fresh roses, donated by loyal shoppers, were presented by the Hy-Vee staff to military families during Operation Welcome Home retreats.

Now in its tenth year, Operation Welcome Home is an annual series of retreats and camps at Ironwood Springs near the Rochester International airport. Each retreat has a special focus to help active military, veterans and their families by providing community, support and resources that address a variety of challenges. Retreats are offered free of charge and are supported by generous individuals and businesses showing gratitude to those who serve. To date, more than 4500 individuals and families have been helped and there continues to be a lengthy waiting list.

For more information or comments on Operation Welcome Home please contact Lou Kastler, Director of Development, at 507-533-4315 or email on day of event, at Hy-Vee, West Circle Drive or via mobile at 402-707-4004

For information or comments from Hy-Vee, please contact Kaitlin Anderson, community relations coordinator, at 507-254-6124 or .

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 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