Jan 24, 2022 - News

Hy-Vee stores in Des Moines area donate produce to Ape Initiative

A photo of a bonobo.

Nyota flashes some green donated recently by a Des Moines metro Hy-Vee store. Photo courtesy of the Ape Initiative

Five metro Hy-Vee stores donate imperfect or soon-to-expire fruits and veggies to the Ape Initiative, Amanda Epping, a research coordinator at the trust, told Axios.

  • The Hy-Vee donations have been ongoing for more than five years.
  • She said that's worth about $35,000 a year to the nonprofit's Des Moines research facility — the only one in the world dedicated to the study of bonobos.

Fun fact: The animals each intake about 1,700 calories a day and generally prefer fruits over veggies, Epping said.

A photo of veggies.
Some of Hy-Vee's recent donations (left) and Clara, one of seven bonobos who live at the Ape Initiative in Des Moines. Photos courtesy of the Ape Initiative
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