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Hy-Vee and Pipestone partner with Northern Illinois Food Bank to “Give a Helping Ham” to neighbors in need this holiday season

(SYCAMORE, Ill. – December 23, 2019) – Hy-Vee, Inc. partnered with Pipestone for its third annual “Give a Helping Ham” campaign at the Sycamore Hy-Vee.

For each ham purchased at the Sycamore Hy-Vee from Nov. 18-27, Pipestone donated a pound of pork loin to Northern Illinois Food Bank in December. The Food Bank serves 13 counties of Northern Illinois, including DeKalb County where the Sycamore Hy-Vee is located.

In conjunction with the Pipestone holiday promotion, for every Hormel Cure 81 whole boneless ham purchased from Nov. 1-30 at Hy-Vee locations, customers received a free Honeysuckle white frozen turkey (select varieties 10-14 lbs.).

Pipestone, a veterinary service and pig management company located in Pipestone, Minnesota, works with independent pig farmers across the Midwest and introduced the “Give a Helping Ham” initiative in 2017. The first two years of the campaign resulted in 205,000 pounds of pork that were donated to food banks throughout the Midwest.

“Protein continues to remain on the needs list for food banks serving food insecure families in our communities,” stated Dr. Luke Minion, CEO of Pipestone. “If you are shopping for your holiday meal, we encourage you to Give a Helping Ham by shopping at a participating grocery store, or donating online at”

“We are grateful for the Give a Helping Ham project, and for our partnership with Hy-Vee and Pipestone,” said Jennifer Nau, Director of Communications at Northern Illinois Food Bank. “These donations are making a real difference in the lives of our neighbors in need right here in Northern Illinois, especially during the holidays.”

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 83,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit

PIPESTONE has been serving their mission of Helping Farmers Today Create the Farms of Tomorrow since 1942. PIPESTONE helps pig farmers by providing resources and expertise in pig health, nutrition, management, marketing, and business services. We are able to serve farmers across the Midwest from our six office locations and the 70 sow farms we manage on behalf of family farmers. For more information, visit

Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 community food pantries and partners serving more than half a million neighbors every year across 13 counties. That commitment provided more than 69 million meals to those in need in FY19. Find out how you can Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.