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SpartanNash Partnering with The Salvation Army on Red Kettle Campaigns
Twenty-year Partnership Expanded to Retail Stores across Ten States
Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 11, 2015 — The sights and sounds of the holiday season have arrived, and with them, the dedicated Salvation Army bell ringers. These dedicated volunteers carve out time—often in cold, windy, wet, snowy weather—to raise needed dollars for those struggling.
For over 20 years, SpartanNash (formerly Spartan Stores) (Nasdaq: SPTN) has partnered with The Salvation Army to host bell ringers in its Michigan stores. In the last five years alone, The Salvation Army has raised over $500,000 at these stores.
Following its transformational merger in November 2013, SpartanNash has been working to expand its partnership with the Salvation Army, and this holiday season the nation’s fifth largest food distributor is pleased to announce it will host bell ringers in its more than 160 corporate-owned stores operating in 10 states.
Bell ringing will start as early as Friday, Nov. 13, and will run through Thursday, Dec. 24. Keeping with tradition, bell ringers are invited to come out of the cold and to ring inside stores.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide free Christmas dinners to 1,000 of San Francisco’s poorest individuals. To fund his charity, he placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street, next to a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He raised the money he needed, and six years later his idea had spread across the country, resulting in 150,000 donated Christmas dinners.
Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army helps more than four and a half million people during the holidays. Contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable them to continue year-round services, including hunger relief, housing and homeless shelters, Kroc centers, and veteran, elderly and adult rehabilitation services.
“SpartanNash has a longstanding tradition of enhancing the communities where we live, work and play,” notes Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. “Partnerships like this one with the Salvation Army are part of our corporate responsibility, and we are excited to expand our commitment throughout our expanded service area.”
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 164 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart.