SpartanNash Foundation presents grants to seven nonprofit partners, totaling $65,000

Monday, April 2, 2018

Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation


SpartanNash Foundation presents grants to seven nonprofit partners, totaling $65,000

Grants support nonprofit organizations that align with Foundation’s mission to provide hunger relief, secure affordable housing and support military heroes

In 2017, the SpartanNash Foundation granted more than $1.5 million

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To continue its efforts to provide hunger relief, secure affordable housing and support our military heroes, the SpartanNash Foundation awarded $65,000 in grants to seven nonprofit partners during the first quarter of 2018.

The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash, supporting nonprofit organizations that align with its mission. To be eligible for a Foundation grant, nonprofit partners must be located within a 30-mile radius of a SpartanNash corporate office, distribution center, corporate-owned retail store or food production facility.

“As a company whose vision is to be a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter, we seek to support each of the communities where our associates live, work and play,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Each of these grants will have an immediate and measurable impact on the local communities served by our grant recipients.”

Nonprofit organizations that were presented with grants included:

Open Door Mission, based out of Omaha, Neb., was presented with a $10,000 grant to help their continued efforts to feed, provide shelter and medically treat the homeless and impoverished in the Omaha community. Open Door Mission serves nearly 25,000 individuals a month in the Omaha community, including veterans that utilize the free services of the mission.

The grant also coincided with Open Door Mission’s Giving Hearts Challenge, which matched the $10,000 donation to double the impact of the donation.

ForKids, based in Norfolk, Va., received a $10,000 grant to support their mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children at risk. ForKids provides housing, education and support services to families experiencing homelessness in Norfolk and the surrounding area. They also operate the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline to link families to more than 400 housing related resources in the region.

Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), servicing the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Clare and Isabella in central Michigan, received a $10,000 grant from the SpartanNash Foundation. GLFB partners with a network of more than 140 member agencies to alleviate hunger one meal at a time and to create a future where everyone has access to nourishing food. GLFB distributes approximately 8 million pounds of nutritious food to nearly 100,000 people in need annually.

Well House, based out of Grand Rapids, Mich., received a $5,000 grant from the SpartanNash Foundation. Well House provides permanent, shared, low-cost housing for people experiencing homelessness. They rehabilitate vacant houses and turn them into multi-unit homes for individuals and families. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will help cover the costs of ongoing upkeep and minor repairs to 11 occupied homes in the Grand Rapids area.

The Bridge for Youth, located in Minneapolis, was awarded a $10,000 grant to help youth in crisis. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will be used to increase the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency of youth in crisis, working to help end youth homelessness and restore families after trauma. Grant funds will support around-the-clock services including crisis intervention, safe shelter, supportive housing, counseling and case management for runaway, abandoned or homeless youth. More than 800 youth will be served through The Bridge for Youth, with 85 percent exiting to safe living situations.

Since 2010, the SpartanNash Foundation has donated $215,000 to Bridge for Youth.

Sojourner Project, located in Hopkins, Minn., was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Foundation. Sojourner Shelter is a free, confidential safe haven for survivors of domestic violence and their children, with services that promote healing, increased safety and stability. It provides emergency safe haven, basic needs, legal advocacy and support, programs and services. The Foundation’s partnership will support Sojourner Project’s capacity to provide victim-oriented services that help victims reclaim their immediate and long-term safety and stability.

The SpartanNash Foundation has awarded grants to Sojourner Project since 2010, totaling $180,000.

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis received a $10,000 grant to support program operations of the new Higher Ground Facility (formerly the Dorothy Day Center) in St. Paul, Minn. The facility provides a safe, hospitable environment, basic needs support and transition resources for individuals who are homeless or living in poverty while promoting hope, dignity and positive change within a caring community. The Higher Ground Facility prepares and serves more than 900 meals per day and offers access to overnight shelter, veterans’ services, showers, laundry, health care, employment and housing services.

For more than 10 years, the SpartanNash Foundation has presented grants to Catholic Charities, totaling $150,500.

In 2017, the SpartanNash Foundation donated a total of more than $1.5 million to community nonprofits.

To see the impact of the SpartanNash Foundation’s grants and donations, visit


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, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 350 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, 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. 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.