FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash Foundation presents $30,000 grants to Neighbors, Perspectives to provide shelter, end hunger
Foundation, company associates have supported local nonprofits with volunteer hours, financial contributions for a combined 15 years
EDINA, Minn. – The SpartanNash Foundation recently presented $30,000 grants to two of its community nonprofit partners – Neighbors, Inc. and Perspectives, Inc. The donations – which took place Friday, Aug. 26 at SpartanNash’s Minneapolis Service Center, located at 7600 France Ave. S in Edina – will provide general operating support to both organizations and help advance their missions.
Since 2007, the SpartanNash Foundation – and its predecessor the NFC Foundation – has donated nearly $150,000 to Perspectives, Inc., the largest therapeutic supportive housing program in Minnesota for women and children who have experienced long-term trauma through addiction, homelessness, mental illness and poverty.
“We are extremely grateful to be included in the Foundation’s initiatives to making a positive impact on our community,” said Jeannie Seeley-Smith, Perspectives president and CEO. “Over the course of our 40-year history, we attribute our success to foundations like SpartanNash, because they allow us to assist mothers and children in achieving their potential. On behalf of the families we serve, we thank the SpartanNash Foundation for creating opportunities for them to achieve great things.”
The SpartanNash Foundation and NFC Foundation have awarded grants to Neighbors, Inc. since 2010, totaling more than $120,000. The nonprofit, based out of South St. Paul, provides emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs primarily through its network of volunteers. Through its signature food shelf and bakery table, 52,905 individuals received fresh food and bakery items in 2015.
“We are honored to receive this grant from the SpartanNash Foundation,” said John Kemp, Neighbors’ executive director. “This funding will help ensure that our neighbors in northern Dakota County have food, clothing, emergency assistance and support when they most need it.”
SpartanNash Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Kathy Mahoney presented the $30,000 grants on behalf of the SpartanNash Foundation. In addition to its Minneapolis Service Center, SpartanNash owns and operates 10 retail grocery stores throughout Minnesota as well as a wholesale food distribution center in St. Cloud. The SpartanNash Foundation is the company’s charitable giving arm.
“We are proud to support nonprofit partners like Neighbors, Inc. and Perspectives, Inc. through our SpartanNash Foundation, because they provide food, shelter and emergency services to those who need them most,” said Mahoney, who also serves as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The success of our company is built upon being good neighbors and partners in the communities we serve, and today’s donations continue to strengthen our longstanding relationship with both Neighbors and Perspectives.”
The SpartanNash Foundation was created in 2015, representing the best of its predecessors the NFC Foundation and Spartan Stores Foundation. The Foundation supports community nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes. For more information on the SpartanNash Foundation, visit spartannash.com/corp-responsibility.
In June, SpartanNash associates also volunteered their time and talents at Neighbors and Perspectives during the company’s annual Helping Hands in the Community Day. More than 175 associates donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours at nine different nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities Area.
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/corp-responsibility/foundation/.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading 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 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Econofoods and Sunmart.