We’ve all heard it…”Where There’s a Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” Hy-Vee’s long time advertising slogan first used in the 60s. Those helpful smiles have been around since the company opened its first store back in 1930 by founders Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg.

Today Hy-Vee, an employee owned company, has 235 locations throughout the Midwest including full-service supermarkets with bakeries, delis, floral departments, wine and spirits, HealthMarkets, pharmacies and coffee kiosks.

With sales of more than $8 billion, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States.

Goodwill Omaha began partnering with Hy-Vee in 2005 when the grocery store began hiring participants from our Work Experience program. To date, more than ten Hy-Vee locations have hired individuals with special needs from a Goodwill employment program.

Although each Hy-Vee store is autonomous and makes its own decisions when it comes to hiring, it is strongly encouraged company-wide to hire people with disabilities.

Goodwill is honored to recognize Hy-Vee with the Community Partner Award for demonstrating exemplary efforts for people with disabilities while supporting the programs and services of Goodwill.

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