Gleaners Food Bank Receives $3,400 From VG's Grocery As A Result of Companywide Effort To End Hunger
September 30, 2016
100 percent of dollars raised Aug. 31-Sept. 11 will go to Gleaners
(September 30, 2016 – Detroit, MI) … As a result of Gleaners Community Food Bank’s (Gleaners) partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation and the VG’s Grocery locations in Howell and Brighton, the local food pantry today received a $3,400 donation from the retail grocery chain to help end hunger.
Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, the SpartanNash Foundation hosted a companywide retail scan campaign in each of SpartanNash’s 160 corporate-owned stores in nine states. Store guests and company associates who visited the stores 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 such as Gleaners.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of VG’s Grocery and were particularly impressed by the level of engagement shown by the staff at their Howell and Brighton locations,” said Gleaners’ Chief Development Officer Doug Czajkowski. “Gleaners knows hungry kids need food to thrive and the continued relationships we’ve established with corporate partners like the SpartanNash Foundation is absolutely invaluable.”
For nearly 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” From its Detroit headquarters, Gleaners operates five distribution centers and provides food to 535 agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Collecting 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributing 79,000 meals a day Gleaners also educates 84,700 children about food and nutrition. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.
The SpartanNash Foundation’s retail scan campaign to end hunger was its most successful companywide fundraising effort to date – raising nearly $300,000 on behalf of more than 100 local food pantries and food banks in the communities it serves.
SpartanNash – which owns the VG’s Grocery stores located on W. Grand River in Howell and E. Grand River in Brighton – underwrote the cost of the fundraising campaign so that all donations will benefit Gleaners and families in need in the local community. Each SpartanNash store personally selected the partner food pantry the campaign would support, ensuring the scan to end hunger would have a significant local impact.
“The generosity of our store guests during this retail scan campaign was incredible. We are most grateful to all who joined forces with the SpartanNash Foundation and our associates to support our efforts to end hunger in the communities where we live and work,” said Meredith Gremel, SpartanNash vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Together, we have made a tremendous difference, and it is clear that the local aspect of this fundraising effort was important to our store guests, as 100 percent of the $3,400 raised here in this community is going directly to Gleaners Food Bank.”
SpartanNash is the fifth largest food distributor in the United States and has 159 corporate-owned stores in nine states participating in the companywide retail scan campaign.
In 2016, nearly $825,000 was raised through the SpartanNash Foundation’s companywide scan campaigns, benefitting local Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, patriotic and food pantry partners.
About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
For nearly 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” From its Detroit headquarters, Gleaners operates five distribution centers and provides food to 535 agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Collecting 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributing 79,000 meals a day Gleaners also educates 84,700 children about food and nutrition. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. Learn more at www.gcfb.org.
About the SpartanNash Foundation
The SpartanNash Foundation was formed in 2013 following the merger of the Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores. It represents the best of the NFC Foundation and the Spartan Stores Foundation. The SpartanNash Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SpartanNash and is focused on providing grants to non-profit community partners who are working to end hunger, provide shelter and support our military heroes. To learn more about the SpartanNash Foundation, visit https://www.spartannash.com/corp-responsibility/foundation/.
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 159 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarket, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart.
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