Food distributor donates $95K for hunger relief


Derek Jones, left, EVP and president of wholesale and distribution centers at SpartanNash, hands a $5,000 check to Emma Garcia, program director at Access of West Michigan. Courtesy SpartanNash

A food distributor is helping to feed the hungry.

On behalf of SpartanNash’s 19 distribution centers, the SpartanNash Foundation is donating a total of $95,000 to hunger-relief charities throughout the U.S.

Each distribution center is giving $5,000 to a hunger-relief charity in its area.

The SpartanNash Foundation donated $5,000 to Grand Rapids-based Access of West Michigan last week as part of the program.

Derek Jones, SpartanNash EVP and president of wholesale and distribution centers, presented a check to Emma Garcia, program director at Access of West Michigan.

The foundation

Founded following the merger of Nash Finch Company and Spartan Stores in 2014, the SpartanNash Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SpartanNash in Byron Center.

The foundation’s focus is on providing grants to nonprofits dedicated to assisting those in need of food or shelter or "supporting our military heroes."

Over the past 10 years, the company’s distribution centers have donated more than $800,000 to community partners and donated millions of pounds of food, according to Meredith Gremel, VP of corporate affairs and communications, SpartanNash.

Access of West Michigan

Access of West Michigan was founded in 1981 in response to federal government cutbacks for social services programs.

It is a faith-based nonprofit concentrated on linking congregational, individual and community resources to end hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in West Michigan.

There are more than 300 Kent County congregations that have partnered with Access of West Michigan to help meet community needs.

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