FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830
SpartanNash Foundation, store guests raise nearly $300,000 during companywide effort to help end hunger
100 percent of dollars raised go directly to more than 100 food banks and pantries
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to end hunger was its most successful companywide retail fundraising effort to date – raising nearly $300,000 on behalf of more than 100 local food pantries and food banks in the communities it serves.
Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted the companywide scan in each of SpartanNash’s 160 corporate-owned stores in nine states. Store guests and company associates who visited the stores during the 12-day retail scan campaign had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to support community food pantries and food banks.
Each store personally selected the local community food partner its campaign would support, ensuring the scan to end hunger would have a significant local impact.
“The generosity of our store guests during this retail scan campaign was incredible. We are most grateful to all who joined forces with the SpartanNash Foundation and our associates to support our efforts to end hunger in the communities where we live and work,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Together, we have made a tremendous difference, and it is clear that the local aspect of this fundraising effort was important to our store guests, as 100 percent of the dollars raised were directed back to the donors’ local communities.”
More than 100 local food pantries will receive monetary support thanks to the scan to end hunger, with some SpartanNash stores – such as the six Dan’s Supermarkets in Bismarck, N.D. – teaming up to support the same food bank in their area.
In total, the Dan’s Supermarkets raised $18,500, all of which will be donated to the Salvation Army. Other top fundraising efforts included:
- Six stores in Grand Rapids, Mich. – including the Family Fare Supermarket and Quick Stop on Leonard St., the D&W Fresh Market and Quick Stop on 28th St. and Forest Hills Foods and Fuel on Cascade Road – raised $11,250 on behalf of God’s Kitchen.
- Four Family Fare Supermarkets in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, N.D. raised $9,200 on behalf of the Great Plains Food Bank.
- Six Family Fare Supermarkets in Omaha, Neb. and the No Frills stores in Plattsmouth, Neb. and Glenwood, Iowa raised $8,500 on behalf of Together, Inc.
- Four Family Thrift locations in Rapid City, S.D. raised $7,300 on behalf of Feeding South Dakota for Rapid City.
- Four Family Fare Supermarket and Quick Stop locations in Dickinson, N.D. raised $6,650 on behalf of the Amen Food Pantry.
- Four Family Fare Supermarket and Quick Stop locations in Holland and Zeeland, Mich. raised $6,200 on behalf of Fishers of Men.
- Four Family Fare Supermarkets in Urbandale, Delton, Battle Creek and Marshall, Mich. raised $5,400 on behalf of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
- Three Family Fare Supermarket and Quick Stop locations in Traverse City, Mich. raised $5,100 on behalf of the Father Fred Foundation.
- Three VG’s and Quick Stop locations in Fenton, Mich. raised $5,000 on behalf of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
- The Econofoods in Northfield, Minn. raised $3,500 on behalf of the Community Action Center.
A complete list of participating stores and their partner pantries can be found at SpartanNash.com/End-Hunger.
In 2015, SpartanNash donated 2.5 million pounds of distressed product to more than 130 food pantries through its corporate retail locations, distribution centers and MDV, the company’s military division based in Norfolk, Va. SpartanNash underwrites the cost of the fundraising campaign, and associates and the SpartanNash Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – contribute financially as well.
In 2016, nearly $825,000 was raised through the SpartanNash Foundation’s companywide scan campaigns, benefitting local Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, patriotic and food pantry partners.
About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 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 non-profit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit https://www.spartannash.com/corp-responsibility/foundation/.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading 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 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarket, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart.