SpartanNash Foundation presents $30,000 grants to Catholic Charities, Sojourner Project, The Bridge for Youth and Beacon Interfaith Housing to provide food and shelter

Monday, March 6, 2017

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


Please note: Pictures of the food pantry donations are available upon request or can be downloaded from the SpartanNash Facebook page.

 SpartanNash Foundation presents $30,000 grants to Catholic Charities,
Sojourner Project, The Bridge for Youth and Beacon Interfaith Housing to provide food and shelter

Foundation, company associates have supported local nonprofits with volunteer hours, financial contributions for a combined 30 years, totaling more than $700,000

EDINA, Minn. – The SpartanNash Foundation today presented a quartet of $30,000 grants to its community nonprofit partners – Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sojourner Project, The Bridge for Youth and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. The donations – which took place at SpartanNash’s Minneapolis Service Center, located at 7600 France Ave. S in Edina – will help advance each organization’s mission.

For more than 10 years, the SpartanNash Foundation – and its predecessor the NFC Foundation – has presented grants to Catholic Charities, which serves those in need of food and shelter and advocates for justice in the community. The $30,000 grant will support the Higher Ground Facility as it provides a safe, hospitable environment and transition resources for individuals who are homeless or living in poverty. The Higher Ground Facility prepares and serves more than 900 meals per day and offers access to overnight shelter, veterans’ services, showers, laundry, health care, employment and housing services.

With today’s grant, the SpartanNash Foundation has provided Catholic Charities with $140,500.

“We’re grateful for the support of the SpartanNash Foundation,” said Gregg Bell, Catholic Charities’ Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. “In addition to critical grant funding, the company and its associates have also provided countless volunteer hours to help improve the lives of many of our most vulnerable neighbors.  We value their partnership as we work together to build a stronger community.”

The SpartanNash Foundation has awarded grants to Sojourner Project since 2010, totaling $170,000. The nonprofit, based out of Hopkins, provides emergency shelter, support and legal advocacy services to those victimized by domestic violence and other forms interpersonal violence. Sojourner provided emergency shelter to 317 women and children in 2016.

“This grant award is truly an investment, both in the lives of others and the communities in which they live,” said Helen Chargo, Executive Director of Sojourner Project. “Together, with the support of the SpartanNash Foundation, we are able to transform victims into survivors by providing comprehensive services that address the diverse needs of women and children as they work towards personal recovery and reclaiming their lives.”

The Bridge for Youth – which increases the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency of youth in crisis, working to help end youth homelessness and restore families after trauma – has also been a SpartanNash Foundation grant recipient since 2010. This year’s $30,000 donation will support around-the-clock services including crisis intervention, safe shelter, supportive housing, counseling and case management for runaway, abandoned or homeless youth. More than 800 youth will be served through The Bridge for Youth, with 85 percent exiting to safe living situations.

Since 2010, the SpartanNash Foundation has donated $205,000 to Bridge for Youth.

“At The Bridge for Youth, runaway and homeless youth find a safe, warm place, counselors and staff, and the support they need to work things out with their families or live independently if necessary,” Executive Director Michelle Basham said. “The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant will support our ongoing work to provide safe shelter and resources 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are deeply grateful for the Foundation’s ongoing support.”

Since 2013, the SpartanNash Foundation has also supported Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and its Families Moving Forward program with donations totaling 190,500. In collaboration with more than 70 local congregations, Families Moving Forward provides emergency shelter, supportive housing, and individualized strengths-based services to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, Families Moving Forward assisted 68 families on their journey home — including 173 children and 103 adults.

“We appreciate the SpartanNash Foundation’s continued commitment to helping those in need as they reestablish their independence with a spirit of generosity and abundance,” Institutional Giving Coordinator Lauren Daumueller said. “We look forward to continuing our long partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation, and we thank them for their support of our collaborative of Twin Cities congregations.”

SpartanNash Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Kathy Mahoney presented the $30,000 grants on behalf of the SpartanNash Foundation. In addition to its Minneapolis Service Center, SpartanNash owns and operates 10 retail grocery stores throughout Minnesota as well as a wholesale food distribution center in St. Cloud. The SpartanNash Foundation is the company’s charitable giving arm.

“We are proud to support our nonprofit partners through the SpartanNash Foundation, because they provide food, shelter and emergency services to those who need them most,” said Mahoney, who also serves as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trutees. “The success of our company is built upon being good neighbors and partners in the communities we serve, and today’s donations continue to strengthen our longstanding relationship with Catholic Charities, Sojourner Project, The Bridge for Youth and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

“All four organizations were recipients of grants awarded by the SpartanNash Foundation’s predecessor, the NFC Foundation, and to date, we have granted them a combined $706,000.”

The SpartanNash Foundation was created in 2015, representing the best of its predecessors the NFC Foundation and Spartan Stores Foundation. The Foundation supports community nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes. For more information on the SpartanNash Foundation, visit



About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2015 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 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 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.