Grocery store chain raises $156K for food pantries


D&W Fresh Market is one of the store brands by Byron Center-based SpartanNash. Courtesy SpartanNash

A locally based grocery store chain has raised $156,100 for hunger-relief organizations across the state.

The SpartanNash Foundation said this fall that during a recent 12-day hunger campaign, 116 Michigan SpartanNash grocery stores and gas stations raised the funds for 72 Michigan food banks and food pantries.

God’s Kitchen in Grand Rapids received $10,250, the largest donation in the state during the campaign.

In total, 176 SpartanNash stores in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin raised $257,400, which was distributed among 110 organizations across the Midwest.

The funds were raised by the SpartanNash Foundation, store associates and customers, with 100 percent of proceeds going toward the cause. Grocery store and gas station customers were asked to donate $1, $5 or $10 with their purchases.

“We’re very grateful that our stores’ guests join us in our support,” said Meredith Gremel, VP of corporate affairs and communications, SpartanNash Foundation.

She said when many people donate just one dollar, it can have a powerful impact.

“I think it’s very important to always say thank you to those who answer the call and help us do good in our communities,” Gremel said.

This is the fourth campaign the SpartanNash Foundation has coordinated this year, totaling more than $1 million.

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