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Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830
The SpartanNash Foundation to Present $10,000 Grant to Boys Town
Donation Will Support Nine-acre Youth Garden
Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 14, 2015 — The SpartanNash Foundation will present a $10,000 grant to Boys Town at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the Elkhorn Family Fare Supermarket, located at 1221 S 203rd Street, Omaha, NE 68130.
The grant will help underwrite the Boys Town youth garden, which supports the nonprofit organization’s mission of changing young people in body, mind and spirit. Each year, more than 200 youth gain new skills, produce healthy, fresh food for their households and learn to appreciate the value of service.
With the $10,000 grant, Boys Town will purchase supplies for the 2016 growing season—including gardening tools and seeds—and enable them to make 2016 another year of growth and productivity in the Village of Boys Town.
The Village of Boys Town is home to more than 600 children and teens, many of whom have fled abuse or neglect in their own homes or have struggled with behavioral problems and are unable to live safely at home. Boys Town provides these young people with highly structured households led by live-in house parents who help them earn privileges and learn to accept consequences, attend school and get help with their homework at home and learn to get along with their peers.
“The Boys Town garden is a remarkable ‘learning laboratory’ which teaches the young residents invaluable skills around nutrition, agriculture, food preparation, and sustainable practices,” notes Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications. “It also teaches a number of life skills related to hard work, commitment, teambuilding, and character development. The SpartanNash Foundation is proud to support this valuable service learning opportunity for Boys Town youth.”
Boys Town President and Executive Director Father Steven Boes expressed his gratitude, adding: “We are so thankful to SpartanNash and their Foundation for their generosity to help with this project that will enrich the lives of our children. We know this garden will be another great teaching tool for the youth in our program.”
About Boys Town
Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofit child-care agencies in the country and touches the lives of over 2 million people each year. Boys Town provides compassionate treatment for the behavioral, emotional and physical problems of children and families. Their founder, Father Edward J. Flanagan, had a simple dream: to make the world a better place for children. That dream thrives today because people still believe that every child deserves to be valued and loved and to live a healthy, positive life. http://www.boystown.org/
About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed 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 http://www.spartannash.com/community/foundation.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: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 164 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, No Frills, Bag ‘N Save, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Sunmart and Econofoods.