On Friday we told you about Sen. Claire Celsi (D-West Des Moines) criticizing Hy-Vee and saying she is “re-thinking” her shopping habits. Earlier this year she was warning buyers to beware about purchasing products from Wells Blue Bunny.
While Wells is a large Iowa company, it isn’t exactly the same as Hy-Vee. The Iowa-based grocery chain is the state’s largest employer — by far. It isn’t even close.
On top of that, Hy-Vee is an employer member of Home Base Iowa, which helps veterans find jobs and makes for a smoother transition into civilian life in Iowa.
Hy-Vee also is donating $250,000 to send 350 central Iowa World War II veterans to Washington D.C. through the Iowa Honor Flight.
We already told you about the millions of pounds of food donated along with $54.8 million donated in the fiscal year 2019.
This month, Hy-Vee will give away 2,650 hams to families in need through its eight-state region.
Hy-Vee is pretty invested in Iowa.
A sitting state senator bashing the state’s biggest employer, which is pretty close to her own district, is a bold move. We’ll have to see if it pays off for her.