FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $202,350 during companywide effort to support Habitat for Humanity
100 percent of dollars raised go directly to 79 Habitat affiliates in eight states
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to provide shelter raised $202,350 on behalf of 79 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The 2017 fundraising total represents an 82 percent increase over last year’s retail scan campaign. In 2016, the SpartanNash Foundation raised $114,500 through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Since 2006, more than $1.5 million has been raised by the company and its charitable giving arm to support Habitat for Humanity county and state-based affiliates and their hardworking homebuyers.
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries.
Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
Through financial support – such as the SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign – volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.
Between Feb. 8 and 19, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted the companywide scan campaign in SpartanNash-owned stores, giving store guests the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10. One hundred percent of dollars raised go directly to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, with many SpartanNash stores teaming up to support the same affiliate in their area.
“The SpartanNash Foundation and its predecessor, the Spartan Stores Foundation, have a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity, and we are proud to continue that tradition with this year’s retail scan to provide shelter,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “The generosity of our store guests during this fundraising campaign was incredible. We are most grateful to all who joined forces with the SpartanNash Foundation and our associates to support this worthy cause.”
Check presentations to the 79 Habitat for Humanity affiliates will take place in the coming weeks, hosted by the local SpartanNash stores that raised the most money on behalf of their Habitat partner. Top fundraising efforts included:
- Eighty-five Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets, Valu Land and VG’s stores and Quick Stop locations in Michigan raised $95,000 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Michigan, which will in turn be distributed to 36 county Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
- Thirty Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Forest Hills Foods stores and Quick Stops in Kent County (Mich.) raised $42,000 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.
- Fourteen Family Fare Supermarkets, Supermercado Nuestra Familia and No Frills stores in and around greater Omaha, Neb. raised $14,000 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
- Four Family Fresh Market and Econofoods stores in New Richmond, River Falls, Somerset and Hudson, Wisc. Raised $8,400 on behalf of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity.
- Four Family Fare Supermarkets in Fargo and West Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. raised $7,100 on behalf of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.
- Five Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market stores in Rapid City, S.D. raised $6,600 on behalf of the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity.
- Three Econofoods stores in Red Wing and Cannon Falls, Minn. raised $4,600 on behalf on Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity.
- The Econofoods in Northfield, Minn. raised $3,300 on behalf of the Rice County Habitat for Humanity.
For a complete list of stores that participated in the companywide scan campaign and the Habitat affiliates they partnered with, visit: spartannash.com/Habitat-for-Humanity.
The retail scan campaign to provide shelter is the first of four fundraising campaigns the SpartanNash Foundation will execute in 2017. Upcoming scans will support Special Olympics (May 3-14), patriotic partners (June 28-July 9) and community food pantries (Aug. 30-Sept. 10).
About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores. It represents the best of the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash and is focused on providing grants to non-profit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit spartannash.com/foundation.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 154 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.