SpartanNash Foundation donates $12,000 to Fisher House Foundation

Friday, July 22, 2016

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830


SpartanNash Foundation donates $12,000 to Fisher House Foundation
Foundation, store guests raise $182,000 to support military heroes during companywide scan campaign


OMAHA, Neb. – As a part of SpartanNash’s grand re-opening ceremony for its eight newly renovated and rebranded Family Fare Supermarket locations in the greater Omaha area, the SpartanNash Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – recently donated $12,000 to military nonprofit Fisher House Foundation.

From June 22 to July 4, each of the more than 30 SpartanNash-owned retail stores and fuel centers in Nebraska and Iowa invited customers to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the register to support military heroes, veterans and those who paid the ultimate price.

In total, the scan campaign raised $24,000 in Nebraska and Iowa, which the SpartanNash Foundation evenly split between Fisher House Foundation and its national partner, Honor and Remember.

“Our customers were amazingly generous during the SpartanNash companywide fundraising campaign for our military heroes, and we can’t thank them enough for their support,” said Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Patriotism is one of our company’s core values, and we are excited to make an impactful difference in the lives of servicemen and women, veterans and their families through our partnerships with Honor and Remember and Fisher House Foundation.”

The $12,000 donation from the SpartanNash patriotic scan campaign will help build a Fisher House that serves the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. The Fisher House program provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging, so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.

“We are very grateful for the support that SpartanNash and their customers have provided,” said Dave Coker, president of Fisher House Foundation. “Without SpartanNash’s support, along with Americans across the country, we could not keep building Fisher Houses, and we look forward to opening the first Fisher House in Nebraska in the near future.

Since 2004, the SpartanNash Foundation – and its predecessor the NFC Foundation – has donated more than $155,000 to Fisher House Foundation.

Fisher House Foundation donation

From left: Ted Adornato, SpartanNash EVP, retail operations; Dennis Eidson, president and CEO; Meredith Gremel, VP, corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation; Tom Swanson, VP, retail – west division; Mitch Cadlo, VP, military and national accounts logistics; and Denise Dolan, chief advancement officer for Fisher House Foundation.

The patriotic scan campaign was SpartanNash’s first-ever companywide fundraising effort to support military heroes and honor those who lost their lives defending our freedoms.

More than 160 SpartanNash-owned retail stores and fuel centers in nine states raised a total of $182,000 during the 13-day campaign, and the dollars are now being granted to SpartanNash’s national partner, Honor and Remember, and three regional partners – Fisher House Foundation, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

One hundred percent of dollars raised go to the nonprofit partners for patriotic initiatives. SpartanNash, which owns the retail stores, underwrites the cost of the fundraising campaign. Associates and the Foundation contribute financially as well as volunteer their time and talent to the grant recipients.

The SpartanNash Foundation will execute a total of five scan campaigns in 2016. To date, nearly $525,000 has been raised for local Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and patriotic partners.


About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores. It represents the best of the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash and is focused on providing grants to nonprofit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. 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 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Econofoods, and SunMart.

About Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and Veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.  These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths.  Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.  Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee.  Since inception, the program has saved military and Veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.  The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans.