Blue Star Mothers to Hold “Shop for the Troops” Drives at Kalamazoo Area D&Ws


Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830

Blue Star Mothers to Hold “Shop for the Troops” Drives at Kalamazoo Area D&Ws
Portage and Parkview Stores to Host Collections for Military Care Packages

Grand Rapids, MI, September 15, 2015 — For the fifth year, two D&W Fresh Market stores will host Greater Kalamazoo Area Blue Star Mothers of America “Shop for the Troops” drives.

Customers will have the opportunity to purchase and donate nonperishable and health and beauty care items for care packages for active military service members.

The drives will run on three different dates at two Kalamazoo-area stores:

  • Friday, September 25, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., D&W, 2103 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m, D&W, 525 Romence Road, Portage, MI
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., D&W, 2103 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

According to the Blue Star Mothers, service members’ wish list items include:

  • Tuna or chicken in a pouch
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Oreos
  • Breakfast bars
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Gum
  • Individual drink mix packets
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Tea
  • Cider
  • Baby wipes
  • Shampoo
  • Foot powder
  • Stick deodorant
  • Disposable razors
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Envelopes

The care packages will be assembled with community volunteers during “Operation Holiday Cheer” on November 7, 2015, at the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Regional Training Center (601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008). Packages will be distributed to those who have requested them, from all branches of the Armed Forces, and will be sent to places such as Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Far East (including Korea, Japan and Africa) and to deployed Navy ships. Care packages will also include thank you cards written by local schoolchildren.

“D&W is a great community partner,” said Sandy Guy, Chapter President of the Greater Kalamazoo Area Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., Chapter 186. “Each year we get a really great response from the community for this drive. We appreciate all that D&W and SpartanNash does to support our troops.”

“SpartanNash is the parent company of D&W and is the largest distributor to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world,” said Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. “We see firsthand the sacrifices our military heroes and their families make to protect our freedoms, so we are doing all we can to honor and support those in active duty to our country.”

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a 501(c)3 service organization consisting of mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. It was founded in 1942 as a Veteran Service Organization to provide care packages to military members serving overseas and to provide assistance to families who encountered hardships as a result of their son or husband serving in the war.


About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving US 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 165 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, No Frills, Bag ‘N Save, Econofoods and Dan’s Supermarket.