Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity receives $4,600 from SpartanNash Foundation, Econofoods stores as a result of companywide effort to provide shelter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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


Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity receives $4,600 from SpartanNash Foundation, Econofoods stores as a result of companywide effort to provide shelter

Companywide scan campaign raised $202,350 for local Habitat for Humanity affiliates in eight states

CANNON FALLS, Minn. – As a result of the Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity’s partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation and the three Econofoods stores in Red Wing and Cannon Falls, Minn., the local Habitat affiliate recently received a $4,600 donation from the retail grocery stores. The donation – which took place on April 3 at the Econofoods located at 425 W. Main Street in Cannon Falls – will help build hope and affordable housing for Habitat homebuyers.

From left: John Parkes, executive director of Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, and Jeff Kes, Cannon Falls Econofoods store director.

Between Feb. 8 and 19, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted a companywide retail scan campaign in SpartanNash corporate-owned stores in eight states. Store guests and company associates who visited the stores during the 12-day retail scan campaign had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to support 79 Habitat for Humanity affiliates such as Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity.

“We are so grateful for the donation we received from the SpartanNash Foundation and customers of Econofoods in Red Wing and Cannon Falls,” Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director John Parkes said. “Your donations at the register added up to some serious money for our organization! Thanks to your help and support, we are encouraged to carry on with our work to serve more families who need affordable housing in Goodhue County. Thanks to the SpartanNash Foundation for your partnership. We are dependent on partners like you.”

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that has helped thousands of low-income families in the U.S. to find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter. Habitat homeowners purchase their homes through affordable monthly payments and invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called “sweat equity,” working alongside volunteers on the construction of their own home. They also attend financial and homeowner education classes.

Habitat homeowners are chosen based on the family’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan through an affordable payment plan.

Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable. Habitat houses have proven to increase property values and local government tax income. Habitat for Humanity builds houses in partnership with those in need regardless of race, religion or any other difference.

Through financial support – such as yesterday’s donation from the SpartanNash Foundation and the three Econofoods stores – volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

In total, the SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign to provide shelter raised $202,350 on behalf of its 79 local Habitat for Humanity affiliate partners. Since 2006, the SpartanNash Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million to support local Habitat affiliates.

SpartanNash – which owns the three Econofoods stores in Red Wing and Cannon Falls – underwrote the cost of the fundraising campaign so that all donations will benefit the Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity.

“We continue to be amazed by the generosity of our store guests and associates,” said Meredith Gremel, SpartanNash vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We are so grateful to everyone who joined us in supporting the SpartanNash Foundation’s efforts to provide shelter in the communities where we live and work. In addition to this financial support, our SpartanNash associates have a long history of volunteering with our local Habitat for Humanity partners.”

The retail scan campaign to provide shelter is the first of four fundraising campaigns the SpartanNash Foundation will execute in 2017. Upcoming scans will support Special Olympics (May 3-14), patriotic partners (June 28-July 9) and community food pantries (Aug. 30-Sept. 10).

For a complete list of stores that participated in the companywide scan campaign and the Habitat affiliates they partnered with, visit:

To volunteer with the Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, call 651-327-2195 or email [email protected].


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 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 154 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.