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.
Entrée selections include a classic bacon cheeseburger, chicken tenders, fiesta lime chicken, Oriental chicken salad, 6-ounce sirloin steak, double crunch shrimp and three-cheese chicken penne.
location: 105 Chestnut St., Ames.
Flight Bar + Grille
Huxley’s Flight Bar + Grille has been open for less than a year and is holding its first free Veterans Day breakfast 8 am to 11 am Friday.
The menu includes scrambled eggs with peppers and cheese, hashbrown casserole, sausage links, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and assorted pastries.
Anyone interested in volunteering can email co-owner Marianne Pacha at [email protected]
location: 931 N US Hwy 69, Huxley.
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Good & Quick
At Good & Quick convenience store in Nevada, veterans and their spouses will receive a free meal, 10 cents off each gallon of fuel and free coffee all day long Friday.
“You can either have the greatest chicken in central Iowa or our world-famous chicken and noodles,” owner Charlie Good said in a Facebook video.
location: 519 Lincoln Hwy, Nevada.
Sweet Oaks Bakery + Bistro
Jenny Oaks, owner of Sweet Oaks Baker + Bistro in Collins, is holding her second annual veterans’ dinner, and she’s getting help from the community to do it. Oaks is accepting donations to help pay for the meals.
Veterans and their plus-ones will be able to choose from a crusted filet or Boursin-stuffed chicken, served with asiago risotto, broccolini and raspberry-chocolate charlotte cake.
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Oaks’ costs are about $50 per couple, and there are several ways for supporters to donate, including cash in a jar on the front counter, Venmo, check or directly to the bank account, “Veteran’s Dinner,” that is set up at Exchange State Bank at Collins.
Last year, Oaks raised $6,100 which was donated to Mission 22, an organization that helps injured veterans. This year, funds will go to The Puppy Jake Foundation and Outside of the Box.
“Since our dinner last year, we have lost 4 Veterans that attended. It was such an honor to be able to do this for them last year!” Oaks wrote in a Facebook post about the event.
location: 601 First Ave., Collins.
Ronna Faaborg covers business and the arts for the Ames Tribune. To have your business’ Veterans Day information added to our list, you can reach her at [email protected]