FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash expands Double Up Food Bucks™ program to 46 stores across Michigan
VG’s, ValuLand banners join participating Family Fare Supermarkets in offering SNAP shoppers easier access and double their buying power on fresh fruits and vegetables
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash is again expanding its participation in the Double Up Food Bucks healthy food incentive program, bringing on an additional 29 stores. The additional stores triple SpartanNash’s participation in the Double Up program in 2017, with 46 stores now taking part throughout Michigan.
Double Up Food Bucks matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables with a financial benefit to local growers as participating stores prioritize local sourcing.
SpartanNash’s participation in Double Up is a key component of the company’s corporate responsibility efforts and reaffirms the company’s commitment to offer SNAP customers more buying power for fresh fruits and vegetables. Last year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) honored SpartanNash for its work in the Double Up Food Bucks initiative, naming the company the top program addressing food insecurity in the FMI 2016 Community Outreach Awards.
For each dollar of fresh produce SNAP customers purchase using their EBT Bridge Card and SpartanNash’s yes loyalty account,* an equivalent amount of dollars will be earned and placed on their yes account. Shoppers can then redeem the Double Up dollars for free fruits and vegetables at participating Family Fare and VG’s locations, with a maximum dollar-for-dollar match of $20 per day on their yes account.
*ValuLand stores do not participate in the yes loyalty program. As a result, every time a SNAP customer purchases fresh fruits and vegetables at a participating ValuLand store using an EBT Bridge Card, the customer will get half of the produce for free, up to $20 a day.
This is the fourth year SpartanNash has offered the Double Up program at its retail stores – and the first year the company is participating under multiple banners. Thirty four Family Fare Supermarkets will now offer Double Up for its SNAP customers – doubling the number participating in the program in 2017 – as well as six VG’s stores in Eastern Michigan and five ValuLand stores in the greater Lansing area.
“Sourcing and selling local Michigan produce is a key strategic priority for us, as is supporting our store guests with programs like Double Up,” said Larry Pierce, EVP, merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash. “We strive to offer the largest selection of locally grown produce in our retail stores and to our more than 350 independent customers in Michigan. This ‘local’ commitment includes our local growers and producers as well as our local communities through programs such as Double Up Food Bucks.”
The Double Up produce incentive program is a national model for healthy food incentives active in 23 states with support from federal, state and private sources.
“SpartanNash understood early on the power of produce incentives to better serve its customer and the broader community,” said Oran Hesterman, president and CEO of Fair Food Network, which first launched the Double Up Food Bucks program in 2009. “We appreciate SpartanNash’s continued partnership to bring this proven public-private partnership to more stores across the state.”
SpartanNash is the only major grocery retail chain in Michigan with multiple stores participating in the Double Up program. This year, Double Up is available in more than 160 farmers markets, farm stands and other retailer ourlets, as well as more than 100 full-service grocery stores, including many SpartanNash independent customers.
Double Up kicked off April 2 at 17 Family Fare Supermarket locations, and expanded to additional stores Aug. 20. Between now and Dec. 31, the following 46 Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s and ValuLand locations are offering the Double Up program:
- Grand Rapids – 1225 Leonard NE
- Grand Rapids – 1415 E. Fulton St.
- Grand Rapids – 4325 Breton Road SE
- Holland – 1185 S. Washington
- Holland – 993 Butternut Dr.
- Kentwood – 6127 Kalamazoo SE
- Sparta – 565 S. State St.*
- Wyoming – 1148 28th St. SW
- Wyoming – 2900 Burlingame Ave. SW
- Albion – 1406 North Eaton
- Dowagiac – 56151 South M-51*
- Hastings – 902 W. State Street
- Lakeview – 45 East Columbia
- Marshall – 15900 W. Michigan Ave.
- Paw Paw – 847 S. Kalamazoo Ave.*
- Pennfield – 1603 Capital, NE
- Urbandale – 1525 W. Michigan Ave.
- Boyne City – 430 N. Lake St.*
- Cadillac – 602 S Mitchell*
- Gaylord – 829 W. Main*
- Gladwin – 1204 State St.*
- Grayling – 2470 S. I-75 Bus. Loop*
- Harrison – 1570 N. Clare Ave.
- Houghton Lake – 3561 W Houghton Lake Drive*
- Mancelona – 619 N. Williams*
- Manistee – 1057 US 31 South*
- Midland – 2026 N. Saginaw*
- Mio – 305 Morenci, POB 549*
- Oscoda – 5463 N. Huron Rd.*
- Rogers City – 100 S. Bradley Hwy.*
- Roscommon – 409 N. Fifth St.*
- Rose City – 2626 N. M-33
- Ignace – 699 US 2*
- Standish – 533 S. Main St.*
- West Branch – 2206 S. M-76
- Caro – 1520 W. Caro*
- Clio – 710 S. Mill*
- Davison – 8503 Davison*
- Genesee – 7461 N. Genesee*
- Marine City – 6764 S. River*
- Owosso – 1341 N. M-52*
- Lansing – 1609 W Mount Hope*
- Lansing – 3800 W Saginaw St.*
- Leslie – 810 West Bellevue*
- Marion – 401 S. Mill Rd.*
- Warren – 30780 Schoennherr Rd.*
In 2014, SpartanNash became the first major grocery retail chain in Michigan to support the Double Up Food Bucks program. Since then, the company has invested more than $150,000 to ensure the success of the program, the majority of which was spent on refining point-of-sale systems to make it easier for SNAP shoppers to earn and redeem Double Up dollars for fresh produce.
To date, SpartanNash has partnered with more than 100 community organizations, including Grand Rapids Public Schools, Feeding America West Michigan, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities and the Heart of West Michigan United Way to inform communities – in both English and Spanish – about the Double Up program.
To learn more about SpartanNash’s participation in the Double Up Food Bucks program, visit SpartanNash.com/DUFB or check out the company’s Corporate Responsibility report at SpartanNash.com/CR-report.
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 150 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, D&W Fresh Market, SunMart and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.