The SpartanNash Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, invites store guests to join it in supporting military heroes and their families during its companywide fundraising effort taking place June 26-July 7. All funds raised during the scan campaign will be split evenly among Team Red, White & Blue, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember.
During the 12-day scan, store guests who visit any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in eight states will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, or round their total up to the nearest dollar to support the trio of patriotic partners. More than 135 stores are participating in the Foundation scan.
“Each year, SpartanNash contributes thousands of dollars, products and volunteer hours to military and veterans organizations and events—as well as hiring veterans and their family members as a Military Friendly and veteran-friendly employer – and we are proud to team up with Team RWB, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember in this unique and powerful way,” said Meredith Gremel, VP of corporate affairs and communications and the executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “What better time to join with our store guests to support our military heroes than leading up to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms they protect.”
Since 2016, the SpartanNash Foundation has raised and granted nearly $800,000 for its patriotic partners through its fundraising scan campaigns, benefiting veterans service organizations including Give an Hour, Fisher House Foundation, Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., Disabled Veterans National Foundation and, in 2019, Team RWB, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember.
“Today, Team RWB is approaching a million engagements with veterans, and we could not have touched so many lives without the help of charitable partners like SpartanNash Foundation,” said John Pinter, Team RWB’s executive director. “We are humbled that SpartanNash has chosen Team RWB as a partner for the scan campaign and excited by the opportunity to support more veterans in their post-service journeys.”
Team RWB offers resources to ensure veterans have an effective transition back into their communities and ways to engage locally.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation for a second year, as we work together to give America’s military families the opportunity to thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Through their companywide retail scan campaign, the extended SpartanNash family brings our vital mission to life and allows us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of this very special and deserving group of our fellow citizens.”
Operation Homefront’s mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
SpartanNash is a national partner and strong supporter of Honor and Remember, underwriting personal flag presentations to families of the fallen and flying the Honor and Remember flag at all company facilities. The flag artwork is also displayed on SpartanNash’s fleet of tractor trailers.
“We are so very humbled to once again be partnering with the SpartanNash Foundation and its customers to give back to the families of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said George Lutz, who founded Honor and Remember after losing his son in Iraq in 2005. “The generosity of SpartanNash customers allows us to continue to individually recognize Gold Star families and equally important to see the Honor and Remember flag flying below the American flag as our national expression of appreciation, so the public never forgets our fallen heroes.”
“As a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries throughout the world, SpartanNash sees firsthand the sacrifices our servicemen and women make to protect our freedoms every day,” Gremel said. “SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation are deeply committed to supporting our military heroes in the communities we serve, and through our new partnership with Team RWB and our ongoing support of Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember, we can work with our store guests to raise awareness and funds for those who served and sacrificed.”
SpartanNash distributes grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing.