FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 5, 2018
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $176,700 to help build homes with local Habitat for Humanity partners
100 percent of donations will go directly to local Habitats to build hope and affordable housing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to build hope and affordable housing raised $176,700 on behalf of more than 50 local Habitat for Humanity partners in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Since 2006, nearly $1.7 million has been raised by SpartanNash and its charitable giving arm – the SpartanNash Foundation – to support local Habitats and hardworking homebuyers.
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.
Between Feb. 7 and 18, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted the companywide scan campaign in SpartanNash-owned stores throughout the Midwest, giving store guests the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10.
SpartanNash stores teamed up to support local Habitat partners, resulting in the $176,700 total – 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 more than 35 kitchen projects for families to gather and create memories around the table.
“The SpartanNash Foundation has a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity, and we are proud to continue that tradition with this year’s retail scan to build hope and affordable housing,” 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.”
One hundred percent of all funds raised during the annual scan campaign to secure shelter – one of the Foundation’s missions – 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.
Check presentations to the local Habitats will take place in the coming weeks, hosted by the local SpartanNash-owned stores that raised the most money on behalf of their Habitat partner. Results from the 2018 scan to build hope and affordable housing include:
- $1,200 for Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs (Iowa)
- $87,500 for Habitat for Humanity Michigan, on behalf of 34 county-based partners
- $40,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
- $3,750 for Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity
- $2,000 for Rice County Habitat for Humanity
- $1,750 for Habitat for Humanity for South Central Minnesota
- $1,600 for Habitat for Humanity for the Twin Cities
- $1,000 for Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity
- $1,000 Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota
- $11,250 for Habitat for Humanity Omaha
- $3,400 for Sarpy County Habitat for Humanity
- $2,250 for Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
- $750 for Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity
- $500 for Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity
- $6,500 for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
- $750 for HFH of Greater Cincinnati
- $5,500 for Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
- $5,000 for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
- $1,000 for Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity
For a complete list of stores that participated in the companywide scan campaign and their local Habitat partners, visit: spartannash.com/Habitat-for-Humanity.
The retail scan campaign to secure shelter is the first of four fundraising campaigns the SpartanNash Foundation will conduct in 2018. Upcoming scans will raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics (May 2-13), patriotic partners (June 27-July 8) and community food pantries (Oct. 24-Nov. 4).
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 nonprofit community partners who are working to end hunger, secure shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit spartannash.com/foundation.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 350 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, select national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. As of today, SpartanNash currently operates 143 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, 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.