FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 30, 2020
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
Increasing numbers of families turn to pantries for food as a result of COVID
100 percent of donations during the 12-day fundraising campaign will support more than 100 partner pantries in nine states
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The SpartanNash Foundation invites store guests to join the fight against hunger during its companywide fundraising effort, October 28 to November 8. The SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign supports more than 100 local food pantries and food banks, and 100 percent of dollars raised will support food pantry partners in nine states.
“One in 6 people struggles with hunger, and as little as $1 can provide food for four people through local food pantries,” said Meredith Gremel, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “SpartanNash is proud to support local food pantries through both monetary and food donations throughout the year, and this fundraising campaign continues that effort in a significant way. We know that hunger doesn’t take a day off – and the economic impact of COVID has caused increasing numbers of families to turn to food pantries and food banks for support. Our pantry partners need our help now more than ever, which is why we are teaming up with our store guests to provide hunger relief to more than 100 local food pantries.”
During the SpartanNash Foundation fundraising campaign, customers who visit any SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in nine states will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5, $10 or round up their purchase at any checkout lane to support their local food pantry.
One hundred and fifty-six stores are participating in the Foundation scan, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket, Martin’s Super Markets and Family Fresh Market.
One hundred percent of dollars raised will go to the selected food pantry partners in each community. SpartanNash underwrites the cost of the fundraising campaign, and the company, its associates and the SpartanNash Foundation contribute financially as well.
“This fundraising campaign has a huge local impact, and each store has personally selected the food pantry they’ll be supporting,” Gremel said. “The dollars raised stay right in the communities where the local food pantries and food banks are located, and it’s incredible to see the impact these donations from thousands of store guests and associates make.”
In April of this year in effort to assist families impacted by COVID, the SpartanNash Foundation granted $250,000to 19 state and local food bank partners in 16 states where the company operates. The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant provided over one million meals for families.
Additionally in 2019, $271,150 was granted to more than 100 local food pantry partners through the SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign to provide hunger relief. SpartanNash also donated more than 5 million pounds of product to community food pantries and local nonprofits through its corporate retail locations and distribution centers last year, in addition to financial support through the SpartanNash Foundation.
To learn more, visit: spartannash.com/foundation-scans.
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, support our military heroes and advance diversity and inclusion initiatives. 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.
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 operating a premier fresh produce distribution network. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery and Dan’s Supermarket. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.