Habitat for Humanity of Kent County receives $42,000 from SpartanNash Foundation, 30 retail stores as a result of companywide effort to provide shelter


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Friday, April 7, 2017

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

 

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County receives $42,000 from SpartanNash Foundation, 30 retail 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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As a result of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County’s partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation and 30 Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Forest Hills Foods stores and Quick Stops in Kent County, the local Habitat affiliate today received a $42,000 donation. The donation – which took place on April 7 at the Forest Hills Foods located at 4668 Cascade Road in Grand Rapids – will help local veterans build and repair their homes.


From left: Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Executive Director BriAnne McKee; Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications for SpartanNash and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation; Habitat Kent Development Coordinator Sue Buzzell; Forest Hills Foods Store Director Ricky Myers; and Bruce Emery, Divisional Vice President, Retail-East and Habitat Kent Board Member.

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 Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

“We are humbled by the commitment and support of the SpartanNash Foundation, the company’s associates and customers,” Habitat Kent Executive Director BriAnne McKee said. “Because of their gifts, a local veteran will be able to provide a safe, stable and healthy home for his family’s future.”

Habitat Kent’s Veteran Program empowers the local veteran community through homeownership, home repair and mentorship. Since 2011, Habitat Kent has served more than 70 veterans and partnered with veteran families to build six homes, with two more currently in construction.

Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Through financial support – such as today’s donation from the SpartanNash Foundation and the 30 Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Forest Hills Foods stores in Kent County – 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 Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets and Forest Hills Foods – underwrote the cost of the fundraising campaign so that all donations will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

“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: spartannash.com/Habitat-for-Humanity. 

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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 spartannash.com/foundation. 

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.