SpartanNash teams up with its local retail stores, store guests to “Pack the Pantry” for Open Door Mission

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830


SpartanNash teams up with its local retail stores, store guests to “Pack the Pantry” for Open Door Mission

200 bags of groceries donated to Open Door Mission through fundraiser and donation from SpartanNash

 PAPILLION, Neb. – SpartanNash and its 14 Family Fare Supermarkets and three Supermercado Nuestra Familia stores in greater Omaha today donated 200 bags of groceries to the Open Door Mission. Each bag contained 17 Our Family® brand products to provide meals to local families in the fight against hunger in the community.

The donation was the result of the “Pack the Pantry” fundraising event held at the SpartanNash retail stores between December 5 and 26, 2016.

Associates from the Papillion, Neb. Family Fare joined (from left) Assistant Store Director Tanner Nielson, Open Door Mission Communications Coordinator Maggie Cope and SpartanNash Senior Director of Retail Operations Lonnie Eggers during the donation.

In total, store guests donated 170 bags of groceries to provide hunger relief and meals to families in their community. SpartanNash – which owns and operates the Family Fare and Supermercado stores – donated an additional 30 bags of groceries to benefit the Open Door Mission.

“As the fifth largest food distributor in the United States, SpartanNash knows the important role food plays for the families we serve, and we are proud to partner with local organizations like the Open Door Mission to do our part to reduce hunger in our local communities,” said Meredith Gremel, SpartanNash Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications. “We are grateful for the generosity of our store guests in making this donation possible. The Pack the Pantry initiative is one of many ways we lend a hand to those in need throughout the year. As a company, we are committed to supporting food banks, churches, schools and other organizations serving our communities through donations, volunteering initiatives and financial support throughout the year.”

During the fundraiser, store guests who visited any of the Family Fare Supermarkets or Supermercado Nuestra Familia locations in greater Omaha could “Pack the Pantry” by donating a bag of groceries to the Open Door Mission. For $20, store guests could purchase a bag containing Our Family® brand products, including:

  • 2 Our Family skillets
  • 1 Our Family spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Our Family spaghetti
  • 4 cans of Our Family 5 oz. tuna
  • 5 cans of Our Family 14.5 oz. vegetables
  • 1 Our Family 12 oz. Toasted Oats Cereal
  • 1 Our Family 24 oz. syrup
  • 1 box of Our Family toaster pastries
  • 1 Our Family 32 oz. pancake mix

“Hunger affects people from all walks of life,” said Candace Gregory, president and CEO of the Open Door Mission. “Many families are just one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity. In fact, 28 percent of children do not know where their next meal will come from in our local communities. The Open Door Mission is grateful to partners that invest in others like SpartanNash and its Family Fare and Supermercado stores.

“Thanks to the generosity of store guests and SpartanNash, the Pack the Pantry program not only collects the food needed to feed the hungry but it creates awareness and advocacy in the community. Thank you for making a difference, right here and right now!”

Every day, the Open Door Mission offers 816 safe shelter beds to the homeless, serves more than 2,300 nutritious meals to the hungry and provides homeless prevention resources to more than 275 working poor families to empower them to remain in their own homes.



About SpartanNash
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.