FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash Foundation donates $120,000 to community partners during Helping Hands Day
175 associates give back to Twin Cities organizations during fifth annual volunteer day
Edina, Minn. – As a part of SpartanNash’s fifth annual Helping Hands in the Community Day on June 29, more than 175 associates donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours at nine different non-profits in the Twin Cities area. The SpartanNash Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – also donated $120,000 yesterday to four of the organizations during the day of community service.
Grants were presented to Casa de Esperanza, Loaves & Fishes, Sojourner Project and Bridge for Youth – all prior recipients of SpartanNash Foundation and NFC Foundation grants. The $30,000 donations will help the non-profit community partners end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes – the mission of the SpartanNash Foundation.
“The success of our company is built upon being good neighbors and partners in the communities we serve,” said Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash president and CEO. “These donations, and the efforts of our many associates who spent the day volunteering, are just two small ways we can give back to the communities where our stores are located and our associates live and work.”
During the Helping Hands Day, volunteer groups from SpartanNash’s Edina, Minn. corporate office spent their day performing meal preparation, landscaping, deep cleaning, donation intake and sorting, interior and exterior painting and more. In addition to the four grant recipients, community partners for the Helping Hands in the Community Day included Catholic Charities, Fisher House, Habitat for Humanity, Neighbors Inc. and Perspectives.
Helping Hands is a day of community service in which SpartanNash – and its predecessor the Nash Finch Company – associates complete group volunteer projects at non-profit organizations throughout the Twin Cities area. As the nation’s fifth largest food distributor and leading distributor to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, SpartanNash owns and operates 12 retail stores in Minnesota, including five Econofoods and two SunMart locations. The company owns 160 total stores in 10 states and distributes to 2,100 independent retailers in 47 states.
The inaugural Helping Hands in the Community Day took place when Nash Finch employees from the company’s Edina location spent a day volunteering together in June 2011. Since then, associates at the Minnesota corporate office have participated annually.
To date, more than 2,000 SpartanNash associates in the Company’s three corporate office locations have helped contribute more than 10,000 volunteer hours to more than 40 different community partners during Helping Hands days in Minnesota and Michigan.
CAPTION: The SpartanNash Foundation presented $120,000 in grants to Casa de Esperanza, Loaves & Fishes, Sojourner Project and Bridge for Youth as a part of the company’s fifth annual Helping Hands in the Community Day on June 29.
CAPTION: More than 175 SpartanNash associates donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours at nine different non-profits in the Twin Cities area, including Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children.
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 https://www.spartannash.com/corp-responsibility/foundation/.
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.