FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
SpartanNash Foundation launches companywide fundraising effort to help build homes with local Habitat for Humanity partners
Scan campaign will take place at corporate-owned stores throughout the Midwest
100 percent of donations will go directly to local Habitats to build hope and affordable housing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Kicking off its first companywide retail fundraising campaign in 2019, the SpartanNash Foundation invites store guests to join them in supporting local Habitat for Humanity partners in eight states. The retail scan campaign to secure shelter – one of the Foundation’s missions – will run Feb. 6-17.
During the 12-day scan, store guests who visit any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane. Participating stores include Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market stores in eight states. For a complete list of stores participating in the companywide scan campaign and the local Habitat they are partnered with, visit: spartannash.com/foundation-scans.
More than 50 local Habitats will receive monetary support thanks to the scan to build hope and affordable housing. One hundred percent of all funds raised during the scan campaign to provide shelter will go directly to local Habitats. SpartanNash underwrites the costs to run the scan campaign, contributes funding and encourages associates to volunteer with local Habitat partners.
Since 2006, SpartanNash and the company’s Foundation have raised nearly $1.7 million to build hope and affordable housing for hardworking Habitat homebuyers.
“The SpartanNash Foundation supports community nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Through our retail scan campaigns, we have developed many strong partnerships with local Habitats, and, in partnership with our store guests and associates, we are excited to continue to support them in 2019.
“By working with local Habitat for Humanity partners, we can ensure that all dollars donated during our retail scan campaign – together with funds granted by the SpartanNash Foundation – will have a significant impact right in our local communities.”
In 2018, the SpartanNash Foundation scan campaign raised $176,700 on behalf of local Habitat partners – equivalent to more than 350 landscaped backyards where children can safely play; 175 education classes for homebuyers regarding financial stability and saving; 115 accessibility ramps to eliminate barriers; or 35 kitchen projects for families to gather and create memories around the table.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat homebuyers invest 300-500 hours of sweat equity into homebuilding and mentorship classes, where they learn the responsibilities and criteria to maintain the Habitat home they purchase on a zero-percent interest rate.
In 2018, more than $1 million was granted through the SpartanNash Foundation’s companywide scan campaigns, benefitting local Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, patriotic and food pantry partners.
About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2015 and is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash. It is focused on providing financial support to nonprofit partners who align with its mission to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. With a combined total legacy of more than 100 years, the SpartanNash Foundation represents the best of its predecessors, the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit corporation and is tax exempt under IRC 501(c)3. It is a non-operating private foundation. 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 a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.