SpartanNash Foundation grants $346,150 to more than 100 community food pantries, equivalent to 3.5 million meals this holiday season


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

CONTACT:
Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
616-878-2830

SpartanNash Foundation grants $346,150 to more than 100 community food pantries, equivalent to 3.5 million meals this holiday season

SpartanNash Foundation fundraising campaign to provide hunger relief raises $271,150, Foundation also grants $75,000 to food pantries near company food distribution and MDV distribution centers

For the third consecutive year, SpartanNash Foundation annual scan campaigns raise more than $1 million, introduce 10 million customers to local needs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to provide hunger relief raised $271,150 to support more than 100 local food pantries and food banks in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

In addition to the scan campaign, the SpartanNash Foundation also granted $5,000 to food pantries located near SpartanNash food distribution and MDV distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. In total, $75,000 will be granted to 15 food pantries – bringing the Foundation’s total impact this holiday season to $346,150, equivalent to 3.5 million meals.

“What better way to say ‘thanks’ this Thanksgiving and holiday season than to provide vital funds to more than 100 local food pantries and food banks?” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “These funds will be used to put food on so many families’ tables both during the holiday season and throughout the year, providing hunger relief where it’s needed most.”

The hunger scan was the fourth scan campaign the SpartanNash Foundation implemented in 2019, raising more than $1 million for local Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, patriotic partners and local food banks.

One hundred percent of all money raised is granted to the Foundation’s national, regional and local 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners through the generosity of store guests and funds contributed by SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation.

Between October 23 and November 3, store guests who visited any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in eight states had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 or round up to the nearest dollar at any checkout lane, supporting local food pantries and food banks in the communities where the funds were raised.

The campaign also raised awareness for the Foundation’s food bank and food pantry partners – sharing the need for hunger relief with more than 2.7 million store guests during the 12-day scan. 

Each store selected the local community food partner its campaign would support, ensuring the scan to end hunger would have a significant local impact.

“More than 14 million U.S. households were food insecure at some point during 2018,” Gremel said. “As a company that takes food places, we understand the importance of having healthy, affordable food that is accessible to everyone, and we are most grateful to have our store guests join us in supporting our local food banks and food pantries and the great work they do to build stronger communities.”

More than 100 local food pantries will receive monetary support thanks to the scan to end hunger, with some SpartanNash stores teaming up to support the same food bank in their area.

Top fundraising efforts included:

  • $16,000 granted to the Salvation Army on behalf of Dan’s Supermarket stores in Bismarck and Mandan, N.D.
  • $15,100 granted to God’s Kitchen on behalf of Forest Hills Foods, D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare stores in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • $7,100 granted to Food Bank of South Central Michigan on behalf of Family Fare stores in Marshall, Urbandale, Delton and Battle Creek, Mich.
  • $6,950 granted to Together, Inc. on behalf of Family Fare stores in Omaha, Plattsmouth, Papillion and Blair, Neb.
  • $6,850 granted to Agnes’ Table on behalf of Family Fare stores in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
  • $6,750 granted to Great Plains Food Bank on behalf of Family Fare stores in Fargo and West Fargo, N.D.
  • $6,700 granted to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan on behalf of VG’s stores in Fenton and North Fenton, Mich.
  • $5,600 granted to Amen Food Pantry on behalf of Family Fare stores in Dickinson, N.D.
  • $5,500 granted to Feeding South Dakota for Rapid City on behalf of Family Fare stores in Rapid City, S.D.
  • $5,100 granted to Family Network of Wyoming on behalf of Family Fare stores in Wyoming, Mich.
  • $5,050 granted to Fishers of Men Ministries on behalf of Family Fare stores in Holland and Zeeland, Mich.

A complete list of participating stores and their partner pantries can be found at spartannash.com/retail-scan.

In total, the SpartanNash Foundation raised and granted $1,005,850 to nonprofit partners through its annual scan campaigns – the third consecutive year the fundraising efforts have topped $1 million. Each year, the Foundation also raises awareness for its nonprofit partners through the scan campaigns, reaching more than 10 million store guests and sharing the impact of its community partners as they address local needs. 

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About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2015 and is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash. It is focused on providing financial support to nonprofit partners who align with its mission to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. With a combined total legacy of more than 100 years, the SpartanNash Foundation represents the best of its predecessors, the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit corporation and is tax exempt under IRC 501(c)3. It is a non-operating private foundation. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit spartannash.com/foundation.

About SpartanNash
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 157 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.