One of our company’s eight core values is patriotism, and we are deeply committed to serving our military heroes and their families both at home and abroad. More than one-third of our business is the distribution of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges around the world. In fact, our MDV military operations exist to serve the businesses that keep America — and the military members who defend us — strong.
SpartanNash proudly employs more than 700 military veterans and family members. As a company, we are committed to hiring, training and retaining veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen and their families in partnership with national and government organizations and initiatives. In 2016, we were named a bronze-level Veteran Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, and in 2014, SpartanNash was honored with the Patriot Award from ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) for its continued support of its associates who are deployed while working for the company.
Honoring our associates that are or have served
Each year, SpartanNash commemorates patriotic holidays with companywide tribute events. Memorial Day, Fourth of July and September 11 are all observed with honor — but it is Veterans Day when we collectively pause to recognize and thank all our associates and store guests who have served our country in the Armed Forces or are continuing to do so in the National Guard or Reserves.
Flag-raising ceremonies are held at each of our 200 facilities that have a flag pole, and a moment of silence is observed at 11 a.m.
Companywide, all SpartanNash locations also display posters recognizing and thanking associates who are veterans.
In 2016, SpartanNash also made a $5,000 donation to The Mission Continues in honor of our veteran associates. The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. The nonprofit organization deploys veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
Proper flag retirement
On Veterans Day 2015, SpartanNash retail stores, distribution centers and service centers companywide began collecting customers’ old, worn, faded and/or frayed American flags for retirement.
Flags are collected at each store’s customer service counter, and the stores partner with local veterans group such as the VFW and American Legion or Boy and Girl Scout troops to pick up and to properly retire the flags we collect.
Honor and Remember
SpartanNash holds a special place in its heart for Honor and Remember, a nonprofit organization founded by George Lutz, who lost his son Tony to a sniper’s bullet in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005.
The Honor and Remember flag specifically acknowledges American servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price while serving their country.
The organization is deeply committed to promoting broad national awareness of and groundswell interest in the flag, so that military, government and educational facilities as well as households throughout the country will begin flying the Honor and Remember flag in recognition of our nation’s fallen warriors. It is also the goal of Honor and Remember to place one personalized Honor and Remember flag in the hands of immediate families who have lost a loved one in military service to America. Personalized flags include the fallen soldier’s name, so the flag can be displayed in honor of them.
SpartanNash retail stores fly the Honor and Remember flag at their corporate-owned stores and display the flag artwork on their fleet of tractor trailers, which travel 50 million miles a year.
The company has also provided and continues to provide personalized Honor and Remember flags to some of those who have lost their loved ones in military service to America.