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SpartanNash Foundation invites you to support local food pantries, help fight hunger

Posted at 9:10 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 09:10:57-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The SpartanNash Foundation invites store guests to join the fight against hunger during its companywide fundraising effort, October 28 to November 8. The SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign supports more than 100 local food pantries and food banks, and 100 percent of dollars raised will support food pantry partners in nine states.

“One in 6 people struggles with hunger, and as little as $1 can provide food for four people through local food pantries,” said Meredith Gremel, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “SpartanNash is proud to support local food pantries through both monetary and food donations throughout the year, and this fundraising campaign continues that effort in a significant way. We know that hunger doesn’t take a day off – and the economic impact of COVID has caused increasing numbers of families to turn to food pantries and food banks for support. Our pantry partners need our help now more than ever, which is why we are teaming up with our store guests to provide hunger relief to more than 100 local food pantries.”

During the SpartanNash Foundation fundraising campaign, customers who visit any SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in nine states will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5, $10 or round up their purchase at any checkout lane to support their local food pantry.

One hundred and fifty-six stores are participating in the Foundation scan, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket, Martin’s Super Markets and Family Fresh Market.

One hundred percent of dollars raised will go to the selected food pantry partners in each community. SpartanNash underwrites the cost of the fundraising campaign, and the company, its associates and the SpartanNash Foundation contribute financially as well.

“This fundraising campaign has a huge local impact, and each store has personally selected the food pantry they’ll be supporting,” Gremel said. “The dollars raised stay right in the communities where the local food pantries and food banks are located, and it’s incredible to see the impact these donations from thousands of store guests and associates make.”

In April of this year in effort to assist families impacted by COVID, the SpartanNash Foundation granted $250,000to 19 state and local food bank partners in 16 states where the company operates. The SpartanNash Foundation’s grant provided over one million meals for families.

Additionally in 2019, $271,150 was granted to more than 100 local food pantry partners through the SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign to provide hunger relief. SpartanNash also donated more than 5 million pounds of product to community food pantries and local nonprofits through its corporate retail locations and distribution centers last year, in addition to financial support through the SpartanNash Foundation.

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