FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash donates $1,000 to Holy Cross Catholic Church through Direct Your Dollars™ program
‘Shop with purpose’ program offered at all Family Fare Supermarkets in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead
WEST FARGO, Minn. – Through the Direct Your Dollars™ program, the youth ministry program at Holy Cross Catholic Church recently received a $1,000 donation from SpartanNash. Direct Your Dollars is offered at more than 150 SpartanNash-owned stores in nine states – including all four Family Fare Supermarkets in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead – and gives store guests a way to support their favorite local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Each time an eligible organization collects $150,000 in original receipts, they can redeem those receipts for $1,000 from SpartanNash.
West Fargo Family Fare Store Director Jason Bossert presented the $1,000 check to Holy Cross Catholic Church Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry Brenda Mears on behalf of SpartanNash and the Direct Your Dollars program. The money will help fund Holy Cross’ annual youth mission trips, including purchasing construction supplies, food, clothing and much more for people in need.
“Over the past few years, our youth group has traveled to various places throughout the United States to aid local churches, ministries and community organizations,” Mears said. “Our youth group has served through construction projects, children’s ministry, evangelism, community development and much more. We are thankful to SpartanNash and its Direct Your Dollars program, because it will enable us to purchase construction supplies, food, clothing and much more for people in need.
“For many teenagers, our mission trips represent a time and a place when God works in and through their lives. These sacred adventures both strengthen them in their faith and draw them closer in their relationship with God while they are serving the needs of the less fortunate.”
Direct Your Dollars was launched by SpartanNash in August 2016, encouraging store guests to use their purchasing power to support their favorite nonprofits just by shopping at any one of SpartanNash’s more than 150 retail stores and fuel centers. The Direct Your Dollars program allows local nonprofit organizations to turn $150,000 in receipts into a $1,000 donation, which can then be used for computers, textbooks, field trips, athletic and band equipment, food and meal supplies and much more.
A section titled “Direct Your Dollars” is included on all receipts to make it easier for organizations to compute their Direct Your Dollars receipt totals. Some purchases are excluded from the Direct Your Dollars program, such as tobacco, postage, fuel, gift cards and lottery, and will not be included in the “Direct Your Dollars” tally.
Participating groups must have a valid 501(c)(3) determination to be eligible. Preschool and K-12 schools are eligible to participate, as well as school-sponsored groups and clubs. Faith-based and community service organizations can also participate in the Direct Your Dollars program.
“SpartanNash is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for SpartanNash. “The Direct Your Dollars program is one of our many corporate responsibility initiatives, and it’s an easy way for our store guests to partner with us to earn money for their children’s band program, church youth group, VFW hall and more. We are honored to present this donation to the youth ministry program at Holy Cross Catholic Church, and we cannot wait to see the difference it will make.”
Organizations interested in participating in the Direct Your Dollars program can visit SpartanNash.com/DirectYourDollars for promotional materials, receipt submission forms and more.
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 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.