FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 23, 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 teams up with 14 distribution center communities to help end hunger
Foundation donates $70,000 to local food pantries in 13 states in December and January;
2.5 million pounds of food donated by SpartanNash in 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To continue its efforts to fight hunger in the communities where SpartanNash associates live and work, the SpartanNash Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – recently made a series of $5,000 donations to 14 food pantries in 13 states.
In total, $70,000 was donated to community food pantries located near SpartanNash’s food distribution and MDV distribution centers. Each SpartanNash distribution center selected its partner pantry, ensuring the financial support would have a significant local impact.
The food pantries chosen by the company’s distribution centers are:
- Manna Food Bank (chosen by the Pensacola, Fla. DC)
- Valley Rescue Mission (Columbus, Ga. DC)
- Hoosier Hills Food Bank (Bloomington, Ind. DC)
- Maryland Food Bank (Landover, Md. DC)
- Caritas Emergency Services (St. Cloud, Minn. DC)
- Robeson County Church and Community Center (Lumberton, N.C. DC)
- Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry (Minot, N.D. DC)
- Our Daily Bread (Bellefontaine, Ohio DC)
- West Ohio Food Bank (Lima, Ohio DC)
- Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City DC)
- Feeding South Dakota (Sioux Falls, S.D. DC)
- San Antonio Food Bank (San Antonio DC)
- Bluefield Union Mission (Bluefield, Va. DC)
- Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Va.)
“Donations like this support our Foundation’s mission of ending hunger while also building relationships where they matter most – in our local communities,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We are honored to be able to support these distribution center partner pantries and do our part to put food on peoples’ tables.”
For the past 12 years, the SpartanNash Foundation – and its predecessor the NFC Foundation – has supported local food banks during the holiday season, giving each SpartanNash distribution center the opportunity to personally select its partner pantry and provide food for those who need it most. Since 2004, the company’s distribution centers have donated nearly $1 million to community food bank and pantry partners.
SpartanNash distribution centers also support their local food banks throughout the year by donating food items and other goods. In 2015, SpartanNash donated 2.58 million pounds of food to food banks, churches, schools and other organizations serving those in need in our communities.
In September 2016, the SpartanNash Foundation also hosted a companywide scan campaign to end hunger. Store guests and company associates who visited any SpartanNash corporate-owned store 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.
The scan was the most successful companywide retail fundraising effort to date, raising nearly $300,000 on behalf of more than 100 local food pantries. Through the scan campaign to end hunger, the SpartanNash Foundation also provided $60,000 in donations to community food pantries located near its distribution centers in Fargo, N.D.; Omaha, Neb.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.
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 nonprofit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. 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 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 157 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.