SpartanNash and Goodwill Industries Expand Partnership Fourfold




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

SpartanNash and Goodwill Industries Expand Partnership Fourfold
25 retail stores and 10 distribution centers across the Country participate in 10 day event
SpartanNash and Goodwill CEOs to kick off at SpartanNash headquarters, April 21

Logo Earth Week LogoGrand Rapids, MI, April 15, 2015 — In 2014 Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids presented SpartanNash with the Goodwill Donated Goods Partner of the Year award for SpartanNash’s Earth Week donation drive efforts, which resulted in the collection of 20,000 pounds of donations from 852 bags in one week. Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids CEO, Kathy Crosby, commented: “the response was overwhelming in support of our workforce development programming and sustainable recycling initiatives.” SpartanNash is upping its sustainability game this year by facilitating 37 Earth Week Goodwill donation drives at 25 corporate owned retail stores, 10 distribution centers, and 3 corporate offices across 9 different states. Dennis Eidson, CEO and President of SpartanNash, notes: “We recognize that the way we operate has a direct effect on the natural environment, the communities we serve, and our bottom line. We continue to raise the bar on going green with responsible solutions, energy efficiencies, and sustainability initiatives aimed at respecting our environment and protecting our planet.”

SpartanNash is the fifth largest food distributor in the Country and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue.

CEOs Join Forces for Kick Off
CEOs, Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash, and Kathy Crosby, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, will team up to challenge SpartanNash associates to “Stuff the Truck” in honor of Earth Week. Both CEOs will provide manual labor stuffing the truck for SpartanNash associates making donations on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10 – 11am at SpartanNash Corporate Headquarters | 850 76th Street SW | Grand Rapids. Other members of the SpartanNash senior leadership team will be on site at multiple retail stores throughout Earth Week to promote the donation drives.

This is the second companywide Earth Week initiative since Grand Rapids-based Spartan Stores merged with Minneapolis-based Nash Finch on November 19, 2013. This year, SpartanNash expanded its Goodwill partnership beyond Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia to also include Goodwill organizations from Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio. Last year the drive involved 6 retail sites in West Michigan; this year calls for 25 Michigan – 8 beyond the West Michigan footprint. SpartanNash is challenging its associates and customers to do some spring cleaning and donate their clothing, electronics, and household items to Goodwill Industries, thereby reducing landfill waste, promoting reuse of products, and creating jobs through Goodwill’s Back to Work Programs.

Kathy Crosby, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids notes: “We are excited to once again partner with SpartanNash for this series of Earth Week events. With more than 16,000 associates, SpartanNash will be a tremendous partner in helping collect items for recycling and reuse, plus they will share our message throughout the Country and help encourage year-round recycling. Items collected also create local jobs through our job training and placement services. Revenue generated from donations supports career and placement services for individuals seeking employment solutions in our community. Thanks to support from the greater Grand Rapids area, last year, nearly 2,000 people in this community who were struggling to find and keep good jobs received career assistance through Goodwill’s services. Additionally, over 700 individuals were placed into good jobs, and over 1,900 people took advantage of Goodwill’s Career Center located in downtown Grand Rapids.”

SpartanNash Earth Week events kick off in Michigan on April 17th, when Goodwill bags will be available for associates and customers of 25 retail stores as well as associates at corporate headquarters and Grand Rapids distribution center. Everyone is encouraged to pick up bags, take them home, and fill them up with clothing, electronics (they do not have to work), and household items. The bags and larger items can then be dropped off to the Goodwill trucks parked on site at:

April 17-27th: SpartanNash Corporate Headquarters, 76th St. SW, Grand Rapids

April 18th between 10am – 3pm

  • Family Fare – Fulton Heights, 1415 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
  • D&W Knapp – 2022 Apple Orchard Ave., Grand Rapids
    • SpartanNash District Manager, Ken Fox, will kick off the donation drive at 10am
  • D&W Breton Village – 1814 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids
    • SpartanNash Divisional VP Retail Operations West, Bruce Emery, will kick off the donation drive at 10am
  • Family Fare Allendale – 6370 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale
  • Family Fare Grandville – 3960 44th St. SW, Grandville
  • Family Fare Lakeview – 45 East Columbia, Battle Creek
  • D&W Holland – 50 Douglas Ave., Holland
  • D&W Portage – 525 Romence Rd., Portage
  • D&W Petoskey – 1163 U.S. 31 North, Petoskey

April 19th between 10am – 3pm

  • VG’s Fenton – 18005 Silver Parkway, Fenton

April 25th between 10am – 3pm

  • Family Fare Hudsonville – 5221 Cherry Ave., Hudsonville
  • Family Fare Georgetown – 6480 28th Ave., Hudsonville
  • D&W Cascade – 6425 28th St., Cascade
  • Family Fare Byron Center – 2245 84th St. SW, Byron Center
  • Family Fare Zeeland – 9479 Riley St., Zeeland
  • Family Fare Traverse City – 4144 U.S. 31 South, Traverse City
  • Family Fare Traverse City – 905 E. 8th St., Traverse City

April 26th between 10am – 3pm

  • Family Fare Metro – 2275 Health Drive SW, Wyoming
  • Family Fare Rogers Plaza – 1148 28th St. SW, Wyoming
  • Family Fare Kentwood – 127 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood
  • Family Fare Sparta – 565 S. State St., Sparta
  • D&W Gaslight Village – 2181 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
  • Family Fare Rockford – 201 Marcell Dr. NE, Rockford
  • VG’s Davison – 8503 Davison, Davison

Goodwill staff will be on hand at the trucks to help load the donations and provide tax deductible receipts and thank you coupons good for energy efficient light bulbs at SpartanNash retail stores. In addition, SpartanNash has teamed up with 10 greater Grand Rapids area schools for this Earth Week donation drive. Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids graciously agreed to pay each school $40 per full gaylord of donations collected on site at select Family Fare or D&W Fresh Market stores. SpartanNash and Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids’ partnership will support Brown Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Appleview, Ada Vista, Breton Downs, Pine Ridge Elementary, Meadow Ridge Elementary, and William C. Abney.

Additional fun and educational Earth Week activities are planned companywide at SpartanNash to celebrate the importance of sustainability. They include:

10 Distribution Centers compete to collect the most donations for Goodwill throughout Earth Week:

  • Grand Rapids, MI Distribution Center
  • MDV Norfolk, Virginia
  • MDV Columbus, GA
  • MDV Oklahoma City, OK
  • Omaha, NE Distribution Center
  • Lumberton, NC Distribution Center
  • Westville, IN Distribution Center
  • Lima, OH Distribution Center
  • Bellefontaine, OH Distribution Center
  • St. Cloud, MN Distribution Center

April 22/Earth Day: All Michigan retail stores will give away free green reusable Spartan Stores bags to customers. Associates will also celebrate by wearing green with jeans and participating in an Adopt-a-Road cleanup around the Grand Rapids corporate headquarters.

Traveling Trophies: the retail store and distribution center that collects the most donations will earn an Earth Week Traveling Trophy and bragging rights for a year.

Prior to the 2013 merger, Spartan Stores Michigan-based sustainability initiatives resulted in:

  • Retail recycling program for cardboard, store signs, ads, buckets, plastic containers, shrink wrap, displays and more
  • Refrigeration system efficiencies savings 12,000,000 KWH per year – enough to supply energy to 1,000 homes each year
  • 3,349 trees saved – enough to conserve $455,464 in pollution control
  • 11,819 pounds of air pollution eliminated – enough to fill 1,223,266 2-liter bottles
  • 51,748 gallons of oil save
  • 1,378,930 gallons of water saved – enough to fill 11,013,440 water bottles
  • 1,358 cubic yards of landfill waste eliminated – enough to fill 124 garbage trucks

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 500 company and the largest food distributor serving US 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 44 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 162 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, No Frills, Bag ‘n Save and Econofoods.

About Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and communities through the power of work. Since 1966, the organization has offered a wide range of employment and training programs to assist those with disabilities and other barriers to employment in developing their marketable skills in order to find meaningful employment. Its efforts are supported by revenues from its 18 retail stores in an eight-county area, as well as from monetary donations. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @goodwillgr or find us on Facebook: