SpartanNash Foundation Launches Companywide Partnership with Special Olympics


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

SpartanNash Foundation Launches Companywide Partnership with Special Olympics
Fundraising Campaign to Take Place at Over 160 Stores and Fuel Centers Companywide
SpartanNash Healthy Athletes to Sign Autographs in Michigan and Nebraska

Grand Rapids, Mich., April 8, 2016 — On April 27, 2016, SpartanNash is launching a companywide fundraising campaign for Special Olympics programs where corporate-owned retail stores are located. The scan will run through May 8, 2016.

At over 160 stores and fuel centers in 9 states, customers will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 to their local Special Olympics chapter while at the checkout lane. When customers make a donation, they will receive four coupons toward Spartan® or Our Family® brand products. Stores will hold additional fundraising activities during the 12-day fundraiser. One hundred percent of donations raised will benefit the local Special Olympics’ affiliate programs in the communities where the funds are raised.

SpartanNash (formerly Spartan Stores) has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games for 31 years. Each year, athletes at the Summer Games experience inclusion, acceptance, dignity, respect and joy throughout the entire weekend of events. The company has also supported Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games since 2003 through the former Nash Finch Company based in Minneapolis, including sponsoring and serving meals at their Friday dinner and volunteering at the Summer games.  In 2014, Special Olympics Minnesota awarded SpartanNash their Outstanding Business/Corporate award.

In addition to more than $8.6 million in financial support, SpartanNash has associates who volunteer their time at the Michigan and Minnesota State Summer Games and who help make these inspirational events a reality for the thousands of athletes who compete.

Each year, SpartanNash also presents a “SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year” award to a Special Olympics Michigan athlete who exemplifies a healthy lifestyle and the Special Olympics Oath—“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The athlete must strive for wellness, a balance of the mind, body and spirit. The athlete should eat a well-balanced diet and dedicate time to exercise outside Special Olympics training and competitions. Each year athletes from around the state are nominated.


Ben Dornoff, 2016 SpartanNash Michigan Healthy Athlete.

The 2016 SpartanNash Michigan Healthy Athlete is Ben Dornoff. He will be featured on the packaging of bottles of Spartan® brand water during the month of May. The specially designed bottles will be on store shelves at locations throughout Michigan.

Ben will appear at the following stores to sign autographs, talk with media and meet customers:

  • Friday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 4144 US 31 South, Traverse City, MI
  • Saturday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 905 E. 8th Street, Traverse City, MI
  • Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 1002 Forest Avenue, Frankfort, MI
  • Friday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 211 S. Division, Bellaire, MI
  • Friday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 619 N. Williams, Mancelona, MI

Jason Gieschen, 2016 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete from Nebraska.

For the first time, SpartanNash has also selected a SpartanNash Healthy Athlete from Nebraska. Jason Gieschen will be featured on the packaging of bottles of Our Family® brand water, which will appear on store shelves throughout over 40 states.

Jason will appear at the following stores to sign autographs, talk with media and meet customers:

  • Friday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Family Fare, 1221 S 203rd Street, Omaha, NE
  • Saturday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – No Frills, 2400 West 8th Avenue, Plattsmouth, NE
  • Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bag ‘N Save, 14444 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
  • Friday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Sun Mart, 1921 West A Street, North Platte, NE
  • Sunday, May 8, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Sun Mart , 303 West 1 Street, Ogallala, NE

While at the stores, both athletes will be autographing personalized trading cards created by SpartanNash, which contain information about their personal and athletic achievements.

“It is our privilege to have partnered with Special Olympics in Michigan and Minnesota for years, and we are so excited to expand this partnership throughout our corporate retail stores in seven additional states,” notes Meredith Gremel, Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation and VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications for SpartanNash. “Diversity and inclusion are part of who we are, whether we are working along those with physical and mental challenges, cheering them on at the games, or providing funding and resources for the athletes throughout the year. Our customers have been tremendously generous in joining our support, and we are most thankful for their contributions.”

Participating SpartanNash store banners and states:

  • Bag ‘N Save (NE)
  • D&W Fresh Market (MI)
  • Dan’s Supermarket (ND)
  • Dillonvale IGA (OH)
  • Econofoods (MN, WI)
  • Family Fare Supermarket (MI, NE, ND)
  • Family Fresh Market (MN, NE, WI)
  • Family Thrift Center (SD)
  • Forest Hills Foods (MI)
  • Germantown Fresh Market (OH)
  • No Frills Supermarket (IA, NE)
  • Pick’n Save (OH)
  • Prairie Market (SD)
  • Sun Mart (CO, NE)
  • Supermercado Nuestra Familia (NE)
  • Valu Land (MI)
  • VG’s (MI)
  • Wholesale Food Outlet (IA)

Participating Special Olympics programs:

  • Special Olympics Colorado
  • Special Olympics Iowa
  • Special Olympics Michigan
  • Special Olympics Minnesota
  • Special Olympics Nebraska
  • Special Olympics North Dakota
  • Special Olympics Ohio
  • Special Olympics South Dakota
  • Special Olympics Wisconsin

For a complete list of locations and communities served through this companywide partnership, visit:

About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed 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 (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest 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 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Econofoods, and SunMart.