FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash associates volunteer 40,000 hours in 2017, doubling efforts from 2016
Company Volunteer Impact Report encourages volunteerism, recognizes associates’ contributions to their local communities
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash associates collectively volunteered 41,016 hours in 2017, exceeding the company’s goal of 30,000 volunteer hours by 36 percent and making an economic impact of nearly $1 million.
SpartanNash recently published its 2017 Volunteer Impact Report, which provides an overview of its volunteering efforts and recognizes its associates who gave back to the communities where they live and work.
“Our associates generously gave their time and talents to 817 nonprofits and community partners, with 1,499 associates reporting volunteer time in 2017,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “They supported a variety of causes, from longstanding SpartanNash and SpartanNash Foundation partners like Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to local partners such as schools, churches, food pantries, shelters, community boards, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and so many more.”
In addition to establishing its goal of 30,000 volunteer hours, SpartanNash recognized and honored associates’ dedication to volunteering through its 100 Club program. Any associate who recorded at least 100 volunteer hours selected their favorite 501(c)(3) charity, and SpartanNash made a $100 donation in their name to that nonprofit organization. In total, 115 associates joined the 100 Club in 2017, infusing an additional $11,500 into the communities they serve.
For 2018, SpartanNash has set its volunteering goal for a collective 60,000 hours.
Since SpartanNash first introduced its volunteer program in 2016, associates from across the company have given of their time and talents – far exceeding companywide goals. In 2016, SpartanNash associates volunteered 20,234 and nearly doubled that total last year.
“Volunteering is part of our corporate responsibility and our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve,” Gremel said. “Now, we’re challenging ourselves even further. From our Helping Hands days to company-sponsored blood drives to individual efforts across the company, our associates are giving back each and every day and living out our company’s vision of being a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter. Plus, we’re having a lot of fun doing so, often meeting new team members or getting to know our coworkers better outside of work.”
The 2017 SpartanNash Volunteer Impact Report can be viewed at spartannash.com/volunteering.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 350 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, select national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of today, SpartanNash currently operates 144 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, D&W Fresh Market, Sun Mart and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.