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, food processing facilities 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 emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and grant applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the board meeting.
Grant application deadlines for 2020 are:
- Friday, March 13, 2020
- 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.
2019 SpartanNash Foundation grants
Blessings in a Backpack – $5,000
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
Catholic Charities St. Cloud – $5,000
Catholic Charities in St. Cloud, Minn., provides a 5 to 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.
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 more than 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry.
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia – $5,000
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia distributes emergency food to more than 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.
Hoosiers Hills Food Bank – $5,000
Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington, Ind., provides more than 3 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.
kidsPACK – $5,000
kidsPACK in Lakeland, Fla. is a nonprofit organization supported by community leaders, corporate sponsors, churches and concerned citizens, joined with a core of volunteers throughout the county and dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of children.
Loaves and Fishes, Minneapolis – $10,000
The SpartanNash Foundation grant supports Loaves and Fishes’ meal programs and initiatives, including public dining, student meals, street outreach and The HUB, as well as food sourcing (food rescue, local farm/gardens, partners and donors) and nutrition program.
Manna Food Bank – $5,000
Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola, Fla., is a local, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Its 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.
N Street Village, Washington, D.C. – $5,000
Over the last 45 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 go towards providing meals to nearly 2,000 women experiencing homelessness at Bethany Women’s Center.
Neighbors, Inc., South St. Paul, Minn. – $10,000
Neighbors provides families and seniors with emergency and supportive services through quality food, clothing and individual support. In 2018, more than 1 million pounds of food were distributed to more than 6,000 families.
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.
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 136,000 hungry Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of whom are children.
Robeson County Church and Community Center – $5,000
The Robeson County Church and Community Center in Lumberton, N.C., seeks to involve people across cultural, racial, class and denominational barriers in partnership with each other to address social needs and 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, providing more than 74 million meals annually. The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy.
Second Helpings – $5,000
Since 1998, Second Helpings has accepted donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.
United Church Outreach Ministry, Wyoming, Mich. — $5,000
UCOM values individuals and builds community in Southwest Kent County by providing material and education assistance to meet basic needs, improve quality of life and promote self-sufficiency. Funding from the SpartanNash Foundation supports UCOM’s multi-program-spanning Eat Healthy Be Healthy initiatives: Culture of Health and Financial Sustainability. UCOM serves more than 5,000 individuals annually.
Valley Rescue Mission – $5,000
For more than 50 years, Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus, Ga., 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.
VEAP, Bloomington, Minn. — $5,000
VEAP is working to create pathways to stronger, more hopeful communities through access to healthy food, housing stability and supportive services, impacting the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis and serving more than 20,000 individuals annually. Funding from the SpartanNash Foundation supports basic needs and social services programs, including: food pantry services, nutritional programs, financial and transportation assistance and case management.
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 more than 100 agencies, shelters, soup kitchens and pantries in their 11-county service area.
The Bridge for Youth, Minneapolis – $15,000
Support from the SpartanNash Foundation increases the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency of youth in crisis, working to help end youth homelessness and restore families after trauma. Grant funds support the opening of Marlene’s Place for homeless pregnant or parenting youth and their children. This critically needed program will prevent homelessness across two generations, helping pregnant and parenting teens become thriving, independent young families. More than 700 youth are served through The Bridge for Youth, with 80 percent exiting to safe living situations.
Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, Minn.– $30,000
Casa de Esperanza is a national Latina Network which operates family advocacy programs, including El Refugio, a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims and their children. Their family advocacy programs provides direct services and support each year for approximately 370 Latinas and their families who are living in domestic violence in the Twin Cities metro area and are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn. – $30,000
A grant from the SpartanNash Foundation supports program operations of the new Higher Ground Facility (formerly the Dorothy Day Center). The facility provides a safe, hospitable environment, basic needs support and transition resources for individuals who are homeless or living in poverty while promoting hope, dignity and positive change within a caring community. The Higher Ground Facility prepares and serves more than 900 meals per day and offers access to overnight shelter, veterans services, showers, laundry, health care, employment and housing services.
ForKids, Norfolk, Va. – $10,000
ForKids’ mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children at risk. ForKids provides housing, education and support services to families experiencing homelessness in Norfolk, Va. and the surrounding area. They also operate the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline to link families to more than 400 housing-related resources in the region.
Guiding Light, Grand Rapids, Mich. – $20,000
Guiding Light provides support in the form of food, shelter and counseling to men while they are in recovery and preparing for productive futures. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards three critical programs focusing on recovery, rehabilitation and reentry into the workforce: Back to Work, Recovery and Iron House.
HQ, Grand Rapids, Mich. — $10,000
HQ disrupts the cycle of youth homelessness by meeting basic needs during a time of crisis and then creating meaningful relationships and connection points to begin the journey past trauma and into new pathways of hope and healing. Since its founding in 2014, HQ has served more than 1,100 youth. A grant from the SpartanNash Foundation ensures youth have a safe place to belong, where they can move from crisis to stability, reimagining their future and meeting their goals.
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. Family Haven serves approximately 40 families per year with emergency housing and services designed to take them from homelessness to stable housing.
Jeremiah Program, Fargo, N.D. — $5,000
Jeremiah Program provides safe, affordable housing for low-income single mother families from the Fargo-Moorhead area, so single mothers can excel in their post-secondary programs and obtain living-wage employment. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation goes toward Jeremiah Program’s new campus, which houses 20 furnished apartments designed to support single mother families while both mother and child attend school. The campus also includes a Child Development Center which can serve up to 52 children.
Mel Trotter, Grand Rapids, Mich. — $5,000
Mel Trotter Ministries continues to partner with the community to rescue people from the streets and provide programs that seek restoration of the whole person, including financial, spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation supports rescue and restoration services for adults, youth and children in West Michigan, including veterans who are experiencing homelessness in our community. Eighty-eight percent of those who have completed programs at Mel Trotter never return to the streets.
Open Door Mission, Omaha, Neb. – $10,000
Open Door Mission strives to feed, provide shelter and medically treat the homeless and impoverished in the Omaha community. Open Door Mission serves nearly 25,000 individuals a month in the Omaha community, including veterans that utilize the free services of the mission.
Perspectives, Inc., Minneapolis – $10,000
Perspectives’ goal is to empower homeless, recovering mothers and their children as they build healthy and sustainable families through supportive housing, case management, mental health and recovery services, and child enrichment programming. In 2017, 84 percent of families moved to permanent housing at final exit.
Resilience: Advocates to End Violence, Holland, Mich. – $10,000
The only comprehensive domestic violence organization in a two-county services area on West Michigan’s lakeshore, Resilience provide more than 3,000 individuals and their families with critical support and services annually. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards Ginny’s Place, an emergency shelter for adults and children fleeing domestic violence.
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.
Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area, Traverse City, Mich. – $10,000
The Women’s Resource Center is the only organization in a four-county service area providing direct services and emergency shelter dedicated to people impacted by domestic violence. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards advocacy and emergency shelter services for individuals affected by domestic violence in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.
Supporting our military heroes
Fisher House Foundation, Rockville, Md. – $10,000
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. Funding from the SpartanNash Foundation underwrites scholarships for the children of active duty, reserve/guard or retired military personnel.
Solid Ground, White Bear Lake, Minn. – $10,000
SpartanNash Foundation grant funds support Solid Ground’s HomeFront supportive housing program for veterans who have experienced long-term homelessness. HomeFront provides 10 units of supportive housing to two single veterans and eight veteran families at Frost-English Village, a 50-unit apartment building in Maplewood, Minn. In 2018, HomeFront provided housing to 30 adults and children in 10 families.
Vetshouse Inc., Chesapeake, Va. – $30,000
Vetshouse is a unique nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans in Hampton Roads, Va. The SpartanNash Foundation is proud to support Vetshouse and their mission to provide housing, food, clothing, counseling and other assistance to homeless veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in order to facilitate their return to gainful, independent, responsible and productive lifestyles. Their 12-month program provides contemporary living quarters in a group environment, assisting in job hunting, transportation, personal skills and development guidance.
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.