St. Joseph Hy-Vee Gives Away Nearly 650 Jumbo Watermelons During Contactless, Drive-Thru Event

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (May 17, 2020) — The St. Joseph Hy-Vee distributed nearly 650 free jumbo, seedless watermelons to customers on Saturday during a contactless, drive-thru giveaway.

During the event, watermelons were loaded directly into customer vehicles to limit physical contact. The event was made possible thanks to Hy-Vee’s melon supplier Sol Group, which donated the jumbo watermelons in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each watermelon weighs approximately 20 pounds for a total contribution of approximately 13,000 pounds.

“Hy-Vee has always been about giving back to the communities they serve,” said Adam Lazo, head of sales for Sol Group Marketing. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them take care of those in need. 

“We deeply appreciate Sol Group’s partnership in helping us care for our customers and communities during this difficult time,” said Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of communications. “We hope this donation provides some relief to our customers, especially as more families become financially impacted during this time.”

The contribution is part of a series of donations that Hy-Vee and its suppliers are making to local communities and food banks across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vehicles lined up at St. Joseph Hy-Vee on Saturday to receive one of nearly 650 jumbo, seedless watermelons that were being given away. Donation made courtesy of Sol Group.