FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash today announced it has been named among the nation’s 2020 Military Friendly® Employers, earning bronze distinction. The annual list is compiled by VIQTORY, whose mission is to provide veterans and their spouses with the finest choices for employment opportunities.
“We are proud to once again be named a Military Friendly Employer, because we recognize the tremendous service and sacrifice our military families have made on behalf of our country, and we know the value these men and women bring to SpartanNash,” Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer Yvonne Trupiano said. “One of our company’s core values is patriotism, and we understand the benefit of hiring and retaining those who served our country and the skills and experience they bring to the table.”
This is the second year in a row SpartanNash has been named a Military Friendly® Employer.
As a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges around the world, SpartanNash currently employs more than 700 military veterans, in addition to Reservists, National Guardsmen and Blue and Gold Star family members throughout the company. In 2018, 5 percent of all SpartanNash hires across its corporate retail, distribution, military and food processing business segments identified themselves as veterans.
SpartanNash also offers an employee resource group, SNVETS, which focuses on supporting, networking, volunteering, educating, training and serving military associates, their families and veterans in the community. In 2018, SNVETS coordinated welcome home celebrations for associates, a flag signing and care packages for deployed troops, SpartanNash Challenge coin presentations to more than 700 veteran associates and a holiday gift drive for veterans yielding more than three pallets of donated items.
SpartanNash partners with GI Jobs, the West Michigan Veterans Coalition and others for outreach and recruitment efforts targeted to veterans and their family members. The company and its charitable giving arm, the SpartanNash Foundation, is also committed to supporting military heroes in their local communities, raising funds and awareness for a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to veterans and their families. SpartanNash associates also volunteered more than 57,000 hours in 2018, with many of their community service hours supporting VA hospitals, housing initiatives and educational support for servicemembers’ children.
For more information about SpartanNash’s veteran hiring practices – including available career opportunities – visit careers.spartannash.com.
The Military Friendly® Company survey investigates and identifies the organizations whose commitment to serving the military and veteran community is comprehensive in scope and meaningful in terms of actual outcomes and impact. From hiring and career advancement to customer service and charitable investment, organizations earning the Military Friendly® Employer designation were evaluated using both public and government data sources with responses from a comprehensive survey completed by the employer.
Nearly 300 companies were named Military Friendly® for 2020.
SpartanNash will be showcased along with other 2020 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
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 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, 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.
About Military Friendly® Employers
The Military Friendly® Employers list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 employers nationwide, input from employed veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Employers survey from participating organizations.
The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm (EY) and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology for the Military Friendly® Employers list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY. The services performed by EY are limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology.
The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools and employers that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at viqtory.com.