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SpartanNash Donates $400K To Food Pantries Nationwide

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Grand Rapids, Michigan-based SpartanNash recently raised $313,000 through in-store fundraising efforts and has pledged additional money to make a donation of $400,000 to help fight food insecurity.

During the fundraisers, shoppers were able to make donations at checkout or through SpartanNash’s Fast Lane program. Leadership teams at each store were invited to select a recipient community food pantry, so funds raised through this effort stayed local.

The SpartanNash Foundation’s $85,000 donation was distributed among food pantries and food banks surrounding the company’s distribution centers around the U.S.

“SpartanNash is committed to providing access to quality nutrition as part of our mission to deliver the ingredients for a better life,” said Adrienne Chance, SpartanNash’s SVP of communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation.

“The holidays can put a strain on household budgets, and with inflation, everyone is feeling their grocery bills get a little tighter. That’s why this year, it was especially important for us to team up with community members to help our neighbors.”

According to the USDA, more than 34 million people, including 9 million children, in the U.S. are food insecure. Feeding America estimates that for every dollar donated, the organization secures and distributes 10 meals to people facing hunger.

“The commitment from SpartanNash and their loyal customers in the fight to end hunger gets stronger every year,” said Marcia Paulson, chief development officer for the Great Plains Food Bank.

“This gift from SpartanNash comes at a crucial time for us and will go a long way in feeding our neighbors in need this holiday season. We cannot thank SpartanNash and their store guests enough for all they do.”

Additionally, as part of SpartanNash’s recent Investor Day, the company donated $25,000 worth of food to Feeding America from its Our Family private label brand. The donation came from the brand’s community outreach program, Our Family Cares.

Since starting this annual fundraiser in 2016, the SpartanNash Foundation has raised more than $2 million to support food pantries. Funds raised during this campaign supplement its year-round food donations, which also help reduce food waste and fight food insecurity.

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