FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash celebrates Family Meals Month™, encourages families to eat one more meal together each week
Tips and recipes to make family meals easier will be shared in-store, online
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash is encouraging its store guests to celebrate National Family Meals Month and share one more meal per week at home, using items purchased from the grocery store. Sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation, Family Meals Month emphasizes the importance of sharing a meal together.
According to FMI, kids – from elementary to high school age – who eat meals with their families four or more times a week earn better test scores and succeed in school. Eating family meals together is also tied to a 24 percent increase in healthy food consumption, with kids eating more fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium-rich foods and vitamins.
During Family Meals Month, SpartanNash and its 160 corporate-owned stores are challenging customers to pledge to have one more meal together each week at home. To make it easier to do so, SpartanNash and its Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market stores are offering tips and tricks online, in-store and through social media using the hashtags #FamilyMealsMonth and #OurFamilyMeals.
Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market Facebook pages will share weekly recipe videos featuring Our Family® products, all of which are easy and nutritious weeknight family meals.
The Family Fare Facebook page (@shopfamilyfare) will host a live Q&A session on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. ET, where fans can ask food and nutrition questions to SpartanNash’s Living Well team.
Store guests are encouraged to share their own family meals using the hashtag #OurFamilyMeals.
“Sharing meals can improve a family’s health and well-being, because the more meals families share, the more likely they are to eat more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods together,” said Tom Swanson, SpartanNash senior vice president and general manager, corporate retail. “At SpartanNash, we’re proud to do our part to support our store guests as they look for healthy, nutritious ways to bring their families together at the dinner table.
“From ready-to-cook healthy proteins to pre-cut fruits and vegetables and stir fry ingredients, our stores are stocked with ingredients to make it easier for time-starved families to enjoy a quick and easy meal together – all at budget friendly prices. During Family Meals Month and beyond, we hope all our store guests will be inspired to return to the kitchen to enjoy wholesome meals together.”
In 2017, SpartanNash earned the FMI Gold Plate Award for its support of Family Meals Month, recognizing its commitment to raising awareness of the importance of eating healthier and together as a family.
For more information about National Family Meals Month, visit fmi.org/family-meals-month
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.