Grant recipients


2016

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaboration, St. Paul, MN – $30,000
This grant will support the Families Moving Forward program. In collaboration with over 65 local congregations; Families Moving Forward provides emergency shelter, supportive housing, and individualized, strengths-based services to families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

Bluefield Union Mission – $5,000
Bluefield Union Mission of Bluefield, West Virginia, is available to meet the social, physical, and spiritual needs of people in need 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

The Bridge for Youth, Minneapolis, MN – $30,000
The Bridge for Youth helps homeless youth in crisis in Minneapolis.

Caritas Emergency Services – $5,000
Caritas Emergency Services in St. Cloud, Minnesota, provides a 5-7 day supply of healthy food to households in the St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, St. Augusta and Wait Park Communities. They connect people able and willing to help with those facing challenges in meeting their own or their family’s basic needs. 

Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, MN – $30,000
Casa de Esperanza is a national Latina Network that operates El Refugio, a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims and their children. El Refugio is located in the Twin Cities (MN) and serves a seven-county area. In 2015, 23 women and 27 children stayed at El Refugio an average of 61 days.

Catholic Charities of St. Paul/Minneapolis – $30,000
The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community. As the need for our services grows and becomes increasingly complex, Catholic Charities is working to adapt and respond. They respond in three ways – preventing poverty, meeting basic needs in times of crisis and creating pathways out of poverty. In these three areas, they focus their services in over 35 different programs at more than 20 locations throughout the region.

Degage Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI – $5,000
This grant will provide support for The Open Door Women’s Center which provides overnight shelter for up to 40 women in crisis per night.

DeVries Nature Conservancy, Owosso, MI – $3,500
This grant will underwrite a mobile farm stand to feed those with food challenges in Owosso, Michigan. The project is in partnership with the Shiawassee Hunger Network. The mobile truck will deliver fruits and vegetables to those who do not have transportation.

The Dwelling Place, Columbia Heights, MN – $4,000 
The Dwelling Place in Columbia Heights, Minnesota provides healing and hope to victims of domestic abuse through supportive services and a safe place to call home. Women and their children may stay 12-18 months to receive healing, and acquire the necessary skills to achieve independent housing, a sustaining income, and abuse-free lives.

Feeding South Dakota – $5,000
Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization, fighting daily to eliminate hunger in the state. Each week, Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to approximately 21,000 hungry individuals and families in the state. Their Backpack Program gives food every weekend to over 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry. 

Fisher House Foundation – $30,000
Fisher House Foundation provides comfortable housing for military and veterans’ families to stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. They are located near major military and VA medical centers and hospitals.

Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia – $5,000
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia distributes emergency food to over 400 partner agencies and programs throughout their 4,745 square-mile service area, including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach, as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack. 

Gladwin Backpack Buddies Program, Gladwin, MI – $4,800
This grant will help provide weekend meals for 120 food challenged children in the Gladwin, Michigan school district. The program is operated through the Food Banks of Eastern Michigan and Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Good in the ‘Hood, Bloomington, MN – $4,000
Good in the ‘Hood’s mission is to To influence, inspire and impact individuals, families and entire communities for good. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards the Weekend Pack program which provides nutritious packs of food for school age children who are facing food insecurity.

Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City (MI) – $3,575
This grant will enable this nonprofit community food pantry in Northern Michigan to purchase a new commercial cooler which will enable 280 families to receive fresh food not available through traditional food banks.

Green Gables Haven, Hastings, MI – $5,000
It is the Mission of Green Gables Haven to provide a temporary, secure, nurturing environment and support to enable victims of domestic violence in Barry County to make appropriate life altering changes.

Guiding Light Mission, Grand Rapids, MI – $5,000
This grant will provide support in the forms of food, shelter and counseling to men while they are in recovery and preparing for productive futures.

Hoosiers Hills Food Bank – $5,000
Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington, Indiana, provides over three million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 other nonprofits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.

Hope 4 Youth, Anoka, MN – $5,000
Hope 4 Youth provides pathways to end youth homelessness. The grant from the SpartanNash Foundation will support the Drop-In Resource Center, allowing them to serve the 30-40 homeless youth who come through their doors each day.

House of Charity, Minneapolis, MN – $5,000
House of Charity’s mission is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence. The grant from the SpartanNash Foundation will go to support their veteran’s housing programs.

Loaves and Fishes, Minneapolis, MN – $30,000
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota that serves hot meals to those in need. Established in 1982, they served over 467,000 nutritious meals in 2015.

Manna Food Bank – $5,000
Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola, Florida, is a local, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia & Santa Rosa counties. Their mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food–related needs of vulnerable populations and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. 

Maryland Food Bank – $5,000
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need.

Neighborhood House, St. Paul – $30,000
Neighborhood House is a  a multi-service agency, providing wrap-around services for people when they need it most. Neighborhood House helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being, with all programs being free to participants.

Neighbors, Inc., South St. Paul, MN – $30,000
The Neighbors model centers on having qualified volunteers and staff that provide emergency and support services through quality food, clothing, and individual support services. Through the signature food shelf and bakery table, in 2015 15,933 individuals received food through the food shelf and 36,972 received fresh food and bakery items.

Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing, Traverse City, MI – $5,000
This grant will be matched $1:$1 by the Grand Traverse Community Foundation, and will be used to support NMSH mission to provide permanent housing paired with supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness either caused or exacerbated by mental illness.

Our Daily Bread – $5,000
Our Daily Bread is located at Lutheran Community Services’ headquarters in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It is a free meal program available to the public. The program is from 4 to 6 p.m. during the week. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday it is held at 223 Oakland Square. On Tuesday and Thursday it is at the Eagles Annex at Indian Lake. 

Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry – $5,000
Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry is a ministry of Our Lady of Grace Church and works through Community Action in Minot, North Dakota.

Perspectives, Inc., St. Louis Park, MN – $30,000
Perspectives is the largest therapeutic supportive housing program in Minnesota for women and children who have experienced long-term trauma through addiction, homelessness, mental illness, and poverty.  For over four decades, we have developed and implemented programs that empower mothers so they can begin to rebuild their lives, as well as their children’s.

Regional Food Bank – $5,000
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of the Feeding America network of Food Banks, is the largest private domestic hunger-relief charity in the state—providing enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of whom are children.

Robeson County Church & Community Center – $5,000
The Robeson County Church and Community Center in Lumberton, North Carolina, seeks to involve people across cultural, racial, class, and denominational barriers in partnership with each other to address social needs and to move toward solutions.

San Antonio Food Bank – $5,000
The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. In fiscal year 2013, the San Antonio Food Bank provided nearly 50 million pounds of food. The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy.

Sojourner Project, Inc., Hopkins, MN – $30,000
Sojourner maintains working relationships with many police departments serving the west Hennepin Community in Minnesota. Their programs serve more than 1,000 battered women and children each year through their shelter and community-based services.

Solid Ground, White Bear Lake, MN – $5,000 
Solid Ground is an award winning nonprofit organization whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families transition to a higher-level of self-sufficiency and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for The Villages at Frost-English is located in White Bear Lake, MN and their 10 units reserved for long-term homeless veterans and their families.

Special Olympics Minnesota – $20,000
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. They transform lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere.

Valley Rescue Mission – $5,000
For 50 years, Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus, Georgia, has worked to affect a change in the quality of life for the homeless, the needy and the addicted, helping people reenter society as productive, contributing citizens upon completion of the programs.

Vetshouse Incorporated – $30,000
Vetshouse is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads., Virginia. It is not a shelter, but a twelve-month program providing contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assistance in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance.

Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, Hampton, VA – $7,500
Established in 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank has been the leading hunger relief organization in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York. The Food Bank partners with almost 170 member agencies across our service area, and together, we have provided over 137 million meals. The Foundation grant will be used to purchase food for Virginia Peninsula Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack program for students at risk of food insecurity.

Warriors at Ease, Silver Springs, MD – $30,000
Warriors at Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD and trauma. They train and deploy certified mind-body professionals to settings where they can enhance the health and well-being of service members, veterans, families and healthcare staff.

West Ohio Food Bank – $5,000
The West Ohio Food Bank in Lima, Ohio, will deliver about six and a half million pounds of food this year to over 100 agencies, shelters, soup kitchens and pantries in their 11 county service area.


2015

The SpartanNash Foundation was founded in January of 2015, and in its first year awarded the following grants to help relieve hunger, secure shelter, and support our military heroes.

Access of West Michigan – $5,000
Access of West Michigan is a faith-based leader in linking congregational, individual and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County, Michigan. 

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative – $30,000
Beacon is an interfaith collaborative of congregations ending homelessness through housing, shelter and advocacy. They are located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bluefield Union Mission – $5,000
Bluefield Union Mission of Bluefield, West Virginia, is available to meet the social, physical, and spiritual needs of people in need 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

Boys Town – $10,000
Boys Town is located near Omaha, Nebraska, and 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.  The Foundation grant helps underwrite the Boys Town youth garden, which supports the nonprofit organization’s mission of changing young people in body, mind and spirit.

The Bridge for Youth – $30,000
The Bridge for Youth helps homeless youth in crisis in Minneapolis.

Caritas Emergency Services – $5,000
Caritas Emergency Services in St. Cloud, Minnesota, provides a 5-7 day supply of healthy food to households in the St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, St. Augusta and Wait Park Communities. They connect people able and willing to help with those facing challenges in meeting their own or their family’s basic needs. 

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis – $30,000
Catholic Charities works to prevent poverty, meet basic needs in times of crisis and create pathways out of poverty. They focus their services in over 35 different programs at more than 20 locations throughout the region.

Fisher House Foundation – $30,000
Fisher House Foundation provides comfortable housing for military and veterans’ families to stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. They are located near major military and VA medical centers and hospitals.

Food Bank for the Heartland – $5,000
Food Bank for the Heartland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Omaha, Nebraska, that distributes food to 244 schools and 225 food pantries, emergency shelters and other nonprofit partners. They are the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, serving 93 counties in the two-state region. 

Food Bank of South Dakota – $5,000
Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization, fighting daily to eliminate hunger in the state. Each week, Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to approximately 21,000 hungry individuals and families in the state. Their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to over 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry. 

Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia – $5,000
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia distributes emergency food to over 400 partner agencies and programs throughout their 4,745 square-mile service area, including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach, as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack. 

Great Plains Food Bank – $5,000
The Great Plains Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through community partnerships. They are the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota and serve as its only food bank. Each year, they touch the lives of one in 9 individuals who seek emergency food assistance. 

Hoosiers Hills Food Bank – $5,000
Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington, Indiana, provides over three million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 other nonprofits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.

Loaves and Fishes – $30,000
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota that serves hot meals to those in need. Established in 1982, they served over 467,000 nutritious meals in 2015.

Manna Food Bank – $5,000
Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola, Florida, is a local, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia & Santa Rosa counties. Their mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food–related needs of vulnerable populations and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. 

Maryland Food Bank – $5,000
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need.

Matter – $30,000
Originally called Hope for the City, Matter is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to health, next door and around the world. Located in St. Louis Park, they have helped distribute more than $550 million in wholesale goods to people in need all over the world.

Neighborhood House – $30,000
Neighborhood House is a multi-service agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being.

Neighbors, Inc. – $30,000
Neighbors is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a non-profit, social-service agency providing emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs to low-income community members in northern Dakota County communities.

Our Daily Bread – $5,000
Our Daily Bread is located at Lutheran Community Services’ headquarters in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It is a free meal program available to the public. The program is from 4 to 6 p.m. during the week. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday it is held at 223 Oakland Square. On Tuesday and Thursday it is at the Eagles Annex at Indian Lake. 

Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry – $5,000
Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry is a ministry of Our Lady of Grace Church and works through Community Action in Minot, North Dakota.

Perspectives– $30,000
Perspectives is an award winning, multi-program, human service agency located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. They provide support for women and their children suffering from addictions, mental illness and poverty.

Regional Food Bank – $5,000
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of the Feeding America network of Food Banks, is the largest private domestic hunger-relief charity in the state—providing enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of whom are children.

Robeson County Church & Community Center – $5,000
The Robeson County Church and Community Center in Lumberton, North Carolina, seeks to involve people across cultural, racial, class, and denominational barriers in partnership with each other to address social needs and to move toward solutions.

San Antonio Food Bank – $5,000
The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. In fiscal year 2013, the San Antonio Food Bank provided nearly 50 million pounds of food. The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy.

Sojourner Project – $30,000
Sojourner maintains working relationships with many police departments serving the west Hennepin Community in Minnesota. Their programs serve more than 1,000 battered women and children each year through their shelter and community-based services.

Special Olympics Minnesota – $30,000
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Statesboro/Bulloch City Food Bank – $5,000
The Food Bank, Inc. was founded in 1998 and serves the Statesboro, GA, area.

The Michigan City Salvation Army – $5,000
The Michigan City Salvation Army in Michigan City, Indiana, offers emergency assistance and basic human services to some of the most vulnerable residents of their community.

Valley Rescue Mission – $5,000
For 50 years Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus, Georgia, has worked to affect a change in the quality of life for the homeless, the needy and the addicted, helping people reenter society as productive, contributing citizens upon completion of the programs.

Vetshouse Incorporated – $30,000
Vetshouse is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads., Virginia. It is not a shelter, but a twelve-month program providing contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assistance in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance.

Warriors at Ease, Silver Springs, MD – $30,000
Warriors at Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD and trauma. They train and deploy certified mind-body professionals to settings where they can enhance the health and well-being of service members, veterans, families and healthcare staff.

West Ohio Food Bank – $5,000
The West Ohio Food Bank in Lima, Ohio, will deliver about six and a half million pounds of food this year to over 100 agencies, shelters, soup kitchens and pantries in their 11 county service area.