United Way of Robeson County, Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund receive $1,500 donation from SpartanNash Foundation, Lumberton Distribution Center associates

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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


United Way of Robeson County, Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund receive $1,500 donation from SpartanNash Foundation, Lumberton Distribution Center associates

LUMBERTON, N.C. – To continue its efforts to help the residents of Robeson County recover from Hurricane Matthew and its devastation, the SpartanNash Foundation and SpartanNash’s Lumberton Distribution Center today donated $1,500 to the United Way of Robeson County and its Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

“It is an honor to receive this donation from SpartanNash’s associates, and it will greatly benefit our Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund,” said Latricia Freeman, executive director of the United Way of Robeson County. “It is a privilege to be the hands and feet, the avenue of delivery to those in need, on the behalf of others. The SpartanNash Foundation and the company’s associates can be certain that United Way of Robeson County will use 100 percent of their donation to help those in need. On behalf of the individuals that will benefit from this gift, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to those that gave.”

Front row (from left): Lumberton DC Promotions Assistant Judy Walters, Shipping Assistant Samantha Walters, Latricia Freeman, Administrative Coordinator Michele Smith and Warehouse Receiving Lead Rico Jacobs.
Back row (from left): Inventory Control Clerk Willie Britt, Dispatcher Derek Yost and Operations Manager Jimmy Carter.

The donation was the result of a BBQ plate sale fundraiser held at SpartanNash’s Lumberton Distribution Center. By purchasing a plate of food at the Lumberton DC on March 23, associates and their friends and families raised $1,500, with all proceeds going to the United Way.

“SpartanNash’s goal is to be engrained in the fabric of our communities, and efforts like these are what local relationships are all about,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for SpartanNash. “So many people came together to make this fundraiser a success, and we are confident this money will make a difference in Robeson County as its residents continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.”

In October, SpartanNash invited company associates to donate to a recovery fund benefitting Lumberton DC associates whose homes and property sustained damage during Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath. In total, SpartanNash associates – together with a company match of $10,000 – raised $26,450 to benefit their coworkers and friends.

As rebuilding efforts continue, SpartanNash’s Lumberton DC associates wanted to support their local community, so they organized the BBQ fundraiser at the distribution center.

“We are so appreciative to everyone who came out to support this cause that is so near and dear to our hearts,” said Administrative Coordinator Michele Smith, who organized the BBQ plate sale.

Thanks to the generosity of SpartanNash vendors D&H Marketing, Motivated Sales and Franklin Baking – who donated the supplies for the BBQ fundraiser – 100 percent of proceeds were donated to the United Way of Robeson County’s Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.


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 non-profit 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.

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 153 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.