FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash
Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise $179,500 to help build homes with local Habitat for Humanity partners
100 percent of donations will go directly to local Habitats to build hope and affordable housing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to build hope and affordable housing raised $179,500 on behalf of more than 50 local Habitat for Humanity partners in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Since 2006, nearly $1.9 million has been raised by SpartanNash and its charitable giving arm – the SpartanNash Foundation – to support local Habitats and hardworking homebuyers.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat homebuyers invest 300-500 hours of sweat equity into homebuilding and mentorship classes, where they learn the responsibilities and criteria to maintain the Habitat home they purchase on a zero-percent interest rate.
Between Feb. 6 and 17, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted the companywide scan campaign in SpartanNash-owned stores throughout the Midwest, giving store guests the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10.
SpartanNash stores teamed up to support local Habitat partners, resulting in the $179,500 total – equivalent to nearly 360 landscaped backyards where children can safely play; 180 education classes for homebuyers regarding financial stability and saving; 120 accessibility ramps to eliminate barriers; or more than 35 kitchen projects for families to gather and create memories around the table.
“The SpartanNash Foundation has a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity, and we are proud to continue that tradition with this year’s retail scan,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “The generosity of our store guests during this fundraising campaign was incredible, and we cannot wait to see the difference it will make in our local communities. We are most grateful to all who joined forces with the SpartanNash Foundation and our associates to build hope and affordable housing.”
One hundred percent of all funds raised during the annual scan campaign to secure shelter – one of the Foundation’s areas of support – go directly to local Habitats, supporting home builds, repair projects and veteran families whenever possible. SpartanNash underwrites the costs to run the scan campaign, contributes funding and encourages associates to volunteer with local Habitat partners.
Check presentations to the local Habitats will take place in the coming weeks, hosted by the local SpartanNash-owned stores that raised the most money on behalf of their Habitat partner. Results from the 2019 SpartanNash Foundation scan to build hope and affordable housing include:
- $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs
- $89,000 for Habitat for Humanity Michigan, on behalf of 32 county-based partners
- $40,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
- $4,200 for Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity
- $2,600 for Rice County Habitat for Humanity
- $1,800 for Habitat for Humanity for South Central Minnesota
- $1,800 for Habitat for Humanity for the Twin Cities
- $1,900 Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota
- $11,000 for Habitat for Humanity Omaha
- $3,100 for Sarpy County Habitat for Humanity
- $2,750 for Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
- $1,000 for Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity
- $1,000 for Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity
- $5,250 for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (Minn.)
- $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati
- $4,100 for Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
- $7,000 for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
For a complete list of stores that participated in the companywide scan campaign and their local Habitat partners, visit: spartannash.com/foundation-scans.
The retail scan campaign to secure shelter is the first of four fundraising campaigns the SpartanNash Foundation will conduct in 2019. Upcoming scans will raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics (May 1-12), patriotic partners (June 26-July 7) and community food pantries (Oct. 23-Nov. 3).
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.
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 159 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, 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.