SpartanNash Foundation to award $30,000 grant to Special Olympics Minnesota on June 24

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830


SpartanNash Foundation to award $30,000 grant to Special Olympics Minnesota on June 24
Donation will take place during SOMN Summer Games’ Celebration Ceremonies


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The SpartanNash Foundation will present a $30,000 grant to Special Olympics Minnesota on Friday, June 24. The donation will be a part of the SOMN Summer Games’ Celebration Ceremonies, held at Eastview High School (6200 140th St., W in Apple Valley) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Presenting the $30,000 grant on behalf of the SpartanNash Foundation will be Carl Nass, Econofoods – Northfield store director, and his wife Amber Nass, a shelf integrity specialist with SpartanNash. SpartanNash is the parent company of Econofoods.

Between April 27 and May 8, store guests who visited SpartanNash-owned retail stores and fuel centers in nine states had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the checkout lane, with all funds raised going directly to their local Special Olympics chapter. Nass’ Econofoods location raised the most money of all 12 Minnesota-based retail stores.

In total, the companywide scan campaign and SpartanNash Foundation contributions raised $231,650 for Special Olympics chapters in nine states. In Minnesota, the SpartanNash Foundation contributed $20,000 and store guests donated an additional $10,000.

“It’s an incredible group of athletes, coaches and volunteers that make up Special Olympics Minnesota, and the SpartanNash Foundation is proud to support them in their efforts to perform at their best on and off the field,” said Meredith Gremel, executive director of the SpartanNash Fo undation and vice president of corporate affairs and communications for SpartanNash. “Our customers were amazingly generous during our Special Olympics scan campaign, and we are so excited to create an opportunity whereby we can raise awareness for the athletes and invite our store guests to show their support. This year, we hosted a number of in-store events as well, allowing us to showcase the impact Special Olympics and our associates who compete in the Summer Games have on the communities we serve.”

Since 2003, the SpartanNash Foundation – and its predecessor the NFC Foundation – has supported the Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games through the former Nash Finch Company. SpartanNash and its associates serve meals and volunteer their time during the three-day competition, and the Company is the 2016 title sponsor of the Summer Games. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $200,000 to Special Olympics Minnesota.

Kelley Jensen, director of corporate relations & special events for Special Olympics Minnesota, expressed her thanks on behalf of the organization.

“Thank you again for the incredibly generous donation and continued support of Special Olympics Minnesota,” she said. “Your support enables Special Olympics Minnesota to continuously grow and improve athletic, health and leadership programs for more than 8,100 athletes across the state.”


About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores. It represents the best of the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash and is focused on providing grants to non-profit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit


About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Econofoods and Sunmart.