SpartanNash Announces First Helping Hands Day in West Michigan


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

SpartanNash Announces First Helping Hands Day in West Michigan
Company to hold day of service with employees volunteering at 20 area nonprofit organizations

June 1, 2016 – GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. SpartanNash Company (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPTN) today announced that it will hold its first Helping Hands in the Community Day in the West Michigan area on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Helping Hands is a day of community service in which SpartanNash associates complete group volunteer projects at various nonprofits. SpartanNash officials anticipate that nearly 350 employees will collectively complete over 2,000 hours of volunteer service at 20 different nonprofits during the West Michigan event.

“Helping Hands is a great tradition that started at our Minnesota office that we are proud to bring to West Michigan for the first time this year,” said Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash CEO. “The success of our company is built upon being good neighbors and partners in the communities we serve. Many of our distribution, retail and corporate associates already volunteer their time regularly throughout the year, so having hundreds of us come together and take a day to give back is very special.”

Volunteer groups will leave the Byron Center, Michigan-based headquarters on buses beginning at 8:00 am to travel to their respective project site for day-long project work. Projects will include repainting a gymnasium, meal preparation, yard and garden work, trail clean up, landscaping, deep cleaning, donation intake and sorting, interior and exterior painting, warehouse reclamation and more.  At the conclusion of the day, the teams return to SpartanNash headquarters for an ice cream social and the opportunity to share their experiences with their co-workers.  According to Kathy Mahoney, SpartanNash’s Chief Legal Officer, SpartanNash Foundation Trustee, and a founder of the first Helping Hands Day in Minneapolis, “the energy and pride we share following the event is phenomenal.  Our associates give so much while volunteering – but they quickly learn how much they receive in the process.   Helping Hands helps us better connect with our Foundation grant recipients and community service providers, and together we build stronger communities.”

“On behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, we wish to thank the SpartanNash Foundation, SpartanNash corporation and its Kent County stores for their key role in providing resources and volunteers to build more affordable housing in Kent County and for helping us transform the lives of vulnerable children and their parents through homeownership and neighborhood revitalization,” said BriAnne McKee, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, a Helping Hands partner organization.

SpartanNash has placed a heightened commitment to volunteerism in 2016, challenging its associates from across the country to collectively give over 15,000 hours of their time to volunteer efforts. Associates are encouraged to find the causes that they are most passionate about and volunteer in their local communities.


Helping Hands in the Community Day first took place when Nash Finch employees from the company’s Edina, Minnesota location spent a day volunteering together at various nonprofits around the Twin Cities in June of 2011. Since then, associates at the Minnesota corporate office have participated annually. To date, 1,628 SpartanNash associates have helped contribute over 8,000 volunteer hours to 19 different community partners during Helping Hands days. The next Twin Cities Helping Hands Day will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

SpartanNash’s MDV military division, based in Norfolk, Virginia, will host their inaugural Helping Hands Day this fall.  MDV is the leading, gold standard distributor to U.S. commissaries and exchanges in the world.  They exist to serve our military heroes, whether at home or aboard.

To learn more about the SpartanNash Helping Hands program, check out this video:

About SpartanNash
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.