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SpartanNash Partnership with the Salvation Army Raises over $740,000
Successful companywide Red Kettle Campaign to deliver support for vital services in ten states
Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 09, 2016 — Every year dedicated Salvation Army volunteers carve out time—often in cold, windy, wet, snowy weather—to raise needed dollars for those struggling.
Following the transformational merger of Spartan Stores and the Nash Finch Company in November 2013, SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) expanded its 20 year partnership with the Salvation Army and this past holiday season the nation’s fifth largest food distributor hosted bell ringers in its more than 160 corporate-owned stores operating in 10 states—raising over $740,000 thanks to its generous customers.
Bell ringing started as early as Friday, Nov. 13, and ran through Thursday, Dec. 24. Keeping with tradition, bell ringers were invited to come out of the cold and to ring inside stores.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide free Christmas dinners to 1,000 of San Francisco’s poorest individuals. To fund his charity, he placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street, next to a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He raised the money he needed, and six years later his idea had spread across the country, resulting in 150,000 donated Christmas dinners.
Today in the U.S., the Salvation Army helps more than four and a half million people during the holidays. Contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable them to continue year-round services, including hunger relief, housing and homeless shelters, Kroc centers, and veteran, elderly and adult rehabilitation services.
“SpartanNash has a longstanding tradition of enhancing the communities where we live, work and play,” notes Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. “Partnerships like this are part of our corporate responsibility, and we are excited to have expanded our commitment throughout our retail markets. We can’t thank our customers enough for joining our associates in supporting the vital services provided by the Salvation Army. Together we are making a difference in our communities.”
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest 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 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart.