Foundation grants $250K in relief to food banks

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Feeding America West Michigan is one of 19 food bank partners receiving a share of $250,000. Courtesy Feeding America West Michigan

The SpartanNash Foundation is doling out $250,000 to food bank partners in its 16-state footprint.

The charitable arm of Byron Center-based SpartanNash said Monday that it is donating the sum to 19 state and local food bank partners in the 16 states where the company operates stores, service center and distribution centers.

The grant was made possible in part by a $125,000 matching contribution from the SpartanNash Corporation and contributions pledged to the SpartanNash Foundation by company associates.

SpartanNash’s food bank grant partners are part of the Feeding America nonprofit nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that feed more than 46 million people a year.

Depending on the location and operational model of the food bank, the SpartanNash Foundation grant should fund between 750,000 and 2.5 million meals for families in need, according to the foundation.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented strains on families, driven record unemployment and resulted in many turning to food banks and pantries for help. By supporting our partnering food banks, we can drive greater community impact at these most uncertain times,” said Dennis Eidson, interim president and CEO of SpartanNash.

The SpartanNash Foundation grant will provide funding for the Feeding America network of food banks serving Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Michigan grant recipients are Feeding America West Michigan and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

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