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SpartanNash Foundation Raises $242K For Special Olympics

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Grand Rapids, Michigan-based SpartanNash raised $242,050 through its annual campaign in support of Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in eight Midwest states.

The SpartanNash Foundation has donated more than $9.7 million and tens of thousands of volunteer hours throughout its 38-year partnership with the non-profit organization.

“Diversity and inclusion are foundational to the People First culture we are cultivating at SpartanNash, so we are proud to partner with Special Olympics,” said Adrienne Chance, SpartanNash SVP of communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation.

“SpartanNash Associates have enjoyed celebrating the athletes, and we are grateful for the additional support from our communities. These generous donations help enhance the athletes’ experience, teach lifelong skills, and create lasting memories.”

In May, participating stores and fuel centers collected donations to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. The company employs more than 25 Special Olympics athletes who have served their communities for a combined 195 years at SpartanNash grocery stores.

Across eight states, guests at SpartanNash stores – including Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market and VG’s Grocery – donated $232,877 through checkout transactions in store and online through Fast Lane. The foundation rounded up the donation to $242,050.

All of the funds raised from the campaign will go directly to local Special Olympics affiliates in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“Spreading the message of inclusion is what we aim to do at Special Olympics Michigan,” said Tim Hileman, president and CEO of Special Olympics Michigan. “We aim to create hope, inspire others and create meaningful relationships with companies like SpartanNash, which help to support us in the times we need it. These competitions give messages of aspiration to those who may become one of our athletes one day.”

For more information, visit spartannash.com/foundation-scans.

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