SpartanNash Foundation


The SpartanNash Foundation was formed following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores and is focused on providing grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners in the communities we serve. As the charitable giving arm of our company, the SpartanNash Foundation represents the best of it predecessors, the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation.

The SpartanNash Foundation aligns with its community partners to provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes. We also are deeply committed to continuing our more than 32-year partnership with Special Olympics. To date, we have donated more than $8.6 million and thousands of volunteer hours to Special Olympics in addition to meals for Summer Games’ volunteers.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of our associates and representing all business segments of the company. It is funded primarily by donations from SpartanNash Corporation and in part by our associates and store guests.

At designated times throughout the year, the SpartanNash Foundation invites our store guests to donate to the nonprofit partners we support through a series of retail scan campaigns. One hundred percent of funds raised by the Foundation during these initiatives goes directly to the causes we support, as our company underwrites the cost of all fundraising campaigns.

Our associates also support the Foundation through an annual pledge campaign. In 2016, SpartanNash associates — including 100 percent of Foundation Trustees and senior executive team members — committed to donate more than $300,000 to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes.

We invite you to take a closer look at our initiatives and the organizations we support, as well as the measurable impact we make every day on those working with us to achieve their potential.

SpartanNash Foundation Board of Trustees

Ted Adornato, EVP, Retail Operations
Chilain Backman, Supervisor, Accounts Payable
Todd Buzzell, Director Region, Sales
Mitch Cadlo, VP, Logistics – Military and National Accounts Logistics
Paula Docken, Business Analyst Specialist
Dennis Eidson, President and CEO
Rene Hunter, VP, Finance and Accounting MDV
Kathy Mahoney, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Tom Swanson, VP, Retail West Division


SpartanNash Foundation Officers

Dennis Eidson, President
Rene Hunter, Treasurer
Dan Persinger, Secretary
Meredith Gremel, Executive Director