SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $260,000 during companywide effort to provide hunger relief

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

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


SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $260,000 during companywide effort to provide hunger relief

100 percent of dollars raised will benefit community food pantries
Successful campaign tops the $1 million mark raised this year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to provide hunger relief raised $260,000 to support local food pantries and food banks.

The hunger scan was the fourth scan campaign the SpartanNash Foundation executed in 2017, benefitting local Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, patriotic partners and local food banks. In total, more than $1 million was raised and granted to national, regional and local 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners through the generosity of store guests and funds contributed by SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation.

During the 12-day hunger scan, store guests who visited any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in eight states had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to support community food pantries and food banks.

Each store personally selected the local community food partner its campaign would support, ensuring the scan to end hunger would have a significant local impact.

“Just $1 can provide as many as four meals to those in our community struggling with food insecurity,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “As a company that takes food places, we understand the importance of having healthy, affordable food that is accessible to everyone in our local communities, and through the generosity of our store guests and associates, our donations will provide over 1 million meals through our partner pantries. Together, we have made a tremendous difference, and it is clear that the local aspect of this fundraising effort was important to our store guests, as 100 percent of the dollars raised were directed back to the donors’ local communities.”

More than 100 local food pantries will receive monetary support thanks to the scan to end hunger, with some SpartanNash stores – such as the six Dan’s Supermarkets in Bismarck, N.D. – teaming up to support the same food bank in their area.

In total, the Dan’s Supermarkets raised $19,000, all of which will be donated to the Salvation Army. Other top fundraising efforts included:

  • God’s Kitchen receives $10,250 – Grand Rapids, Mich.
    • On behalf of three stores including the Family Fare Supermarket and Quick Stop on Leonard Street, Forest Hills Foods and Fuel on Cascade Road and D&W Fresh Market and Quick Stop on Cascade Road.
  • Great Plains Food Bank receives $8,200 – West Fargo, N.D.
    • On behalf of four Family Fare Supermarkets in Moorhead, Minn. and Fargo and West Fargo, N.D.
  • Together, Inc. receives $6,100 – Omaha, Neb.
    • On behalf of seven stores including six Family Fare Supermarkets in Omaha and No Frills in Plattsmouth.
  • Food Bank of South Central Michigan receives $5,500 – Battle Creek, Mich.
    • On behalf of four Family Fare Supermarkets and a Quick Stop in Urbandale, Delton Pennfield and Marshall.
  • Fishers of Men Ministries receives $5,100 – Holland, Mich.
    • On behalf of two Family Fare Supermarkets and Quick Stops in Holland and Zeeland – South Washington and Riley Street.
  • Amen Food Pantry receives $5,000 – Dickinson, N.D.
    • On behalf of three Family Fare stores in Dickinson, N.D.
  • Father Fred Foundation receives $4,600 – Traverse City, Mich.
    • On behalf of two Family Fare Supermarkets and one Quick Stop in Traverse City – Chums Corners and 8th
  • Red Wing Area Food Shelf receives $4,500 – Red Wing, Minn.
    • On behalf of two Econofoods in Red Wing – Main Street and Tyler Road South.
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan receives $4,400 – Flint, Mich.
    • On behalf of two VG’s and a Quick Stop in North Fenton and Fenton – North Leroy and Silver Parkway.
  • Feeding South Dakota for Rapid City receives $4,300 – Rapid City, S.D.
    • On behalf of two Family Fare stores in Rapid City – East Saint Patrick Street and Mount View.
  • Community Action House receives $4,200 – Holland, Mich.
    • On behalf of the Family Fare Supermarkets and Quick Stop on Butternut Drive and the D&W Fresh Market on Douglas Avenue stores in Holland.
  • Family Network of Wyoming receives $3,700 – Wyoming, Mich.
    • On behalf of the three Family Fare Supermarkets and Quick Stops in Wyoming – 28th Street SW, Healthy Drive SW and Burlingame Avenue SW.
  • LOVE, Inc. of SE Ottawa Co. receives $3,600 – Hudsonville, Mich.
    • On behalf of three Family Fare Supermarkets and a Quick Stop – Cherry Avenue and 28th Avenue in Hudsonville, and Baldwin in Jenison.
  • River Falls Food Pantry receives $3,100 – River Falls, Wis.
    • On behalf of the River Falls Family Fresh Market on South Main Street.
  • LOVE In receives $3,000 – Grand Haven, Mich.
    • On behalf of the Grand Haven D&W Fresh Market and Quick Stop.
  • Gleaners receives $1,500 – Detroit, Mich.
    • On behalf of the Howell VG’s and Quick Stop.

A complete list of participating stores and their partner pantries can be found at

In 2016, SpartanNash donated 5.2 million pounds of distressed product to hundreds of community food pantries and local nonprofits through its corporate retail locations, distribution centers and MDV, the company’s military division based in Norfolk, Va.


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

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 150 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, D&W Fresh Market, SunMart and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.