Where to go for free Veterans Day 2022 meals in Ames and Story County

Several local businesses are offering free meals and discounts to veterans Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

All Hy-Vee stores, including both of the Ames locations, will host a free, buffet-style breakfast for active-duty military members and veterans. Breakfast will be available from 6 am to 10 am

Also in honor of Veterans Day, Hy-Vee is holding its “Homefront Round Up” now through Nov. 13. The campaign partners with customers and suppliers to support veteran organizations. Customers can contribute to the project by rounding up to the nearest dollar when making purchases at all Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh Market stores.

Hy-Vee will match all customer donations up to $100,000, and Coca-Cola will provide an additional match up to $50,000, with all proceeds benefiting Hope for the Warriors, Operation First Response, American Red Cross and the Puppy Jake Foundation.

Hy-Vee and Fareway both are offering veterans and active service members a 15% discount on grocery purchases all day Friday. To receive a discount, Fareway customers are asked to show their military ID at checkout or identify their branch of service.

“We wish to honor our veterans and active military members for their dedicated service and sacrifices,” Fareway CEO Reynolds Cramer said in a news release. “This special discount is a small way we can express our gratitude for their service to our country.”

Here’s a look at other free meals and deals:

Applebee’s Grill + Bar

All Applebee’s locations will serve free, special menu entrees to veterans and active-duty military members on Friday. The restaurant chain started its Veterans Day meals in 2008 and has since served more than 10 million free meals.

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