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 2021 are:
- Friday, April 9, 2021
- Friday, June 18, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
- Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Before beginning the application process, we encourage all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to read our Frequently Asked Questions section.
2020 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.
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.
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.
Feeding the Valley Food Bank – $5,000
Feeding the Valley Food Bank in Columbus, Ga. works with more than 275 partner agencies annually to support food closets, food pantries and soup kitchens; provide food for programs; support child hunger programs in schools and after school; and reach into rural areas where emergency food is not available. Feeding the Valley distributes 9.5 million pounds of food annually to family and children experiencing hunger in the community.
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.
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.
Hand2Hand, Grand Rapids, Mich. – $5,000
Hand2Hand delivers nutritious food to students over the weekends and extended school breaks by mobilizing churches, schools, individuals, and businesses to join together, providing hope and opportunity to thrive. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will support Kent County Growth Initiative – making weekend food accessible to up to 5,500 new students in 21 new schools in Kent County.
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.
Journey’s End Ministries – $5,000
Journey’s End Ministries in Newcomerstown, Ohio is committed to helping those in the community experiencing food insecurity. Now in their 25th year, Journey’s End Ministries provides people with food, clothing and household items, providing ministerial support along the way.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Life Center, Fargo, N.D. – $5,000
New Life Center is committed to helping those experiencing homelessness in the Fargo community. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards financing emergency shelter needs, including staffing, utilities, security and meals to meet the basic needs of more than 900 clients annually.
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 who utilize the free services of the mission.
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.
Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City – $5,000
The mission of MHAOK is to promote mental health, prevent mental disorders and achieve victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research, service and housing. Support from the SpartanNash Foundation will go towards Veteran Outreach Services program in Oklahoma City.
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.