For the second of four companywide retail fundraising campaigns in 2017, the SpartanNash Foundation invited store guests to join us in supporting Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The retail scan campaign ran May 3-14, and 100 percent of donations raised benefit the local Special Olympics’ affiliate programs in the communities where the funds are raised.
Together with our store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to support Special Olympics raised $281,000 on behalf of Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in nine states.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
SpartanNash has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games for 33 years. The company has also supported Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games since 2003.
In addition to nearly $9.1 million in financial support since 1985, SpartanNash associates and their families have also volunteered thousands of hours helping at the State Summer Games.
In Michigan, SpartanNash associates also prepare and feed hundreds of volunteers throughout the State Summer Games. SpartanNash donates all of the food for the volunteers and prints the State Summer Games programs and handbooks as well.