SpartanNash Foundation, 16 distribution centers donate $80,000 to help end hunger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To continue its efforts to fight hunger in the communities where SpartanNash associates live and work, the SpartanNash Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – recently made a series of $5,000 donations to 16 food pantries in 13 states.

The donations also continue the Foundation’s 13-year tradition of supporting local food banks during the holiday season, giving each SpartanNash distribution center the opportunity to personally select its partner pantry and provide food for those who need it most. Since 2004, the company’s distribution centers have donated more than $1 million to community food bank and pantry partners.

In 2017, $80,000 was donated to community food pantries located near SpartanNash’s food distribution and MDV distribution centers, including Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry in Minot.

“Donations like this support our Foundation’s mission of ending hunger while also building relationships where they matter most – in our local communities,” said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We are honored to be able to support these distribution center partner pantries and do our part to put food on peoples’ tables.”

SpartanNash distribution centers also support their local food banks throughout the year by donating food items and other goods. In 2016, SpartanNash donated 5.525 million pounds of food to food banks, churches, schools and other organizations serving those in need in our communities.

In September 2017, the SpartanNash Foundation also hosted a companywide scan campaign to end hunger. Store guests and company associates who visited any SpartanNash corporate-owned store during the 12-day retail scan campaign had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to support community food pantries and food banks.