The SpartanNash Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that align with our mission of providing hunger relief, securing shelter and supporting our military heroes to submit a grant application.
To be eligible, an organization must be located within a 30-mile radius of any of our SpartanNash corporate offices, distribution centers or more than 155 retail stores, in order to support the communities we serve together.
Grant applications can be submitted once annually and must be received in full by 5 p.m. ET on the day of the submission deadline to be considered for that quarter’s Foundation board meeting. Grants are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Review Advisory Committee – a volunteer committee of SpartanNash associates – prior to the Foundation’s board meetings.
Completed grants should be submitted as one file and emailed to [email protected]. Grant applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the board meeting.
Grant application deadlines for 2020 are:
- Friday, June 19, 2020
- Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
- Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
Before beginning the application process, we encourage all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to read our Frequently Asked Questions section.
2020 SpartanNash Foundation grants
Community Food Club, Grand Rapids, Mich. – $5,000
Community Food Club is an innovative and dignified approach to food insecurity rooted in consumer choice, member participation and access to healthy foods. Community Food Club serves nearly 1,000 members a month through a multitude of programs to support healthy nutrition and reduction of food insecurity. Support from the Foundation will go towards the diversification and expansion of the healthy food selections in the grocery store program.
Feeding America – $250,000
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SpartanNash Foundation granted $250,000 to 19 food banks and food pantries in the 16 states we serve. SpartanNash’s food bank partners are part of the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, feeding more than 46 million people a year. The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant helped provide between 750,000 and 2.5 million meals for families in need during this most challenging time.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis – $4,000
Gleaners Food Bank is a leader in the fight against hunger for central and southeastern Indiana. The SpartanNash Foundation grant will cover food costs for the Lincoln Apartments food pantry, a community pantry established for veteran residences of the complex as well as the surrounding neighborhood. In 2018, 20 percent of the households served by Feeding America contained either a veteran or active duty servicemember.
Loaves and Fishes, Minneapolis – $10,000
The SpartanNash Foundation grant supports Loaves and Fishes meal programming (public dining with advocacy, student meals, street outreach, The HUB), food sourcing (food rescue, local farm/gardens, partners and donors) and nutrition programs. In 2019, Loaves and Fishes provided 1.3 million healthy meals to Minnesotans in need. Its mission is to provide healthy meals to Minnesotans in areas where need is greatest, guided by the their vision of equity that all people — regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, religious or ethnic background — deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect.
N Street Village, Washington, D.C. – $5,000
Over the last 47 years, N Street Village has grown to be the largest provider of supportive services for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will provide basic food essentials to more than 100 women in a socially distanced environment currently living in permanent supportive housing.
Neighbors, Inc., South St. Paul, Minn. – $10,000
Neighbors is committed to helping those in need by activating a robust volunteer community to provide support for families and seniors. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will help provide healthy food to more than 600 households a month through food programs, including a food shelf and food delivery.
Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, Minn. – $10,000
Casa de Esperanza’s mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latina communities to end domestic violence. Funding from the SpartanNash Foundation will support Family Advocacy programs for Latinas and their families living in domestic violence who are at risk of becoming homeless. The organization offers a variety of critical, culturally appropriate services including El Refugio (24-hour crisis shelter), a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, transitional housing support and mobile advocacy programs. In 2019, Casa de Esperanza served 693 survivors and children through Family Advocacy initiatives.
Inner City Christian Federation, Grand Rapids, Mich. – $10,000
Since 1974, ICCF has been serving the West Michigan community through education, affordable housing and related services to community members, homeowners and tenants. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards Family Haven emergency shelter, a five-apartment emergency shelter, which provides emergency housing and services designed to take clients from homelessness to stable housing. In 2019, Family Haven served approximately 32 families, with 78 percent moving into permanent housing.
Perspectives, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. – $10,000
Perspectives’ mission is to break the cycle for at-risk women and children for total family recovery. The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant will support their two-generation model, which provides supportive housing and chemical/mental health services for mothers combined with social-emotional and nutritional enrichment for children. The model supports the whole family in addressing the root causes of poverty and homelessness.
Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, Fargo, N.D. — $5,000
Rebuilding Together serves the Fargo-Moorhead area by repairing homes to create safe and healthy places for struggling seniors, veterans and those living with a disability. In partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation, Rebuilding Together impacts the Fargo-Moorhead area by making needed repairs — such as roofing repairs and accessibility requirements — on homes for those in need, revitalizing communities through repairs to community spaces and other nonprofits and rebuilding lives by helping seniors to age in place; giving homeowners back pride in ownership; and maintaining affordable housing for families in the future.
Sojourner Project, Hopkins, Minn. – $10,000
Sojourner Shelter is a free, confidential safe haven for survivors of domestic violence and their children, with services that promote healing, increased safety and stability. They provide emergency safe haven, basic needs, legal advocacy and support programs and services. The Foundation grant supports Sojourner’s capacity to provide victim-oriented services that help them reclaim their immediate and long-term safety and stability.
Supporting our military heroes
The Ecumenical Center, San Antonio – $10,000
The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant will help provide counseling for 100 homeless veterans living at Haven for Hope shelter. Counseling will be provided by licensed clergy, who are also psychologists, with sessions coming from the perspective that veteran homelessness is a result of moral and soul injury caused by combat or military circumstances.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, St. Paul, Minn. – $10,000
MAC-V provides comprehensive services to address veteran homelessness in the Twin Cities region by offering case management, employment support, legal services and management of housing units throughout the area. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will empower veterans to live stable, dignified lives in housing suited to their unique needs.
Semper Fi and America’s Fund, Norfolk, Va. – $10,000
Semper Fi is committed to supporting combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured active duty and veterans, delivering the resources they need during recovery and transition back to their communities. SpartanNash Foundation grant funds will provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to Norfolk, Va.-based servicemembers, veterans and their families through three program areas — Service Member and Family Support, Transition, and Integrative Wellness.
Solid Ground, White Bear Lake, Minn. – $10,000
The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant supports Solid Ground’s HomeFront, a supportive housing program for 35 homeless veterans and their families. Foundation funds will help provide needed services, including case management, health services, educational and employment support and food and transportation.
United Through Reading, San Diego, Calif. — $10,000
Since it was founded in 1989, UTR has kept our nation’s heroes connected with their families through video-recorded story time. These story times keep veterans, military members, children and caregivers connected during periods of physical separation through shared video-recorded story time while supporting the educational development of at-risk military-connected children. UTR operates a multi-channel delivery model to provide safe and secure methods for military personnel to record videos of story time for their children during deployment. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards the operation of story stations on board U.S. Naval ships currently deployed as well as the purchase of supplies like books, camcorders and SD cards.
Past grant recipients
Since 2015, the SpartanNash Foundation has awarded grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations throughout the communities we serve.
Each year, our wholesale and MDV distribution centers also personally select local food pantries to receive $5,000 donations through the Foundation. This annual tradition goes back to 2004, and the company’s distribution centers have donated more than $1 million to community food bank and pantry partners as a result.
Many of our associates also volunteer at the nonprofit organizations we support through the SpartanNash Foundation, continuing our commitment to giving back to the communities where we live, work and play.