SpartanNash has announced that it is expanding its annual Earth Week celebrations to include 43 corporate owned retail stores, 18 distribution centers, 3 service centers, and 1 Commissary in 14 states.
PRESS RELEASE Grand Rapids, Mich., April 10, 2016 — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN), the nation’s fifth largest food distributor and leading distributor to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges throughout the world, announced today it is expanding its annual Earth Week celebrations to include 43 corporate owned retail stores, 18 distribution centers, 3 service centers, and 1 Commissary in 14 states, including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.
This is the third companywide Earth Week initiative since Grand Rapids-based Spartan Stores merged with Minneapolis-based Nash Finch on November 19, 2013. Spartan Stores hosted its first Earth Week activities in 2011 with Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids (Michigan). Since the partnership was formed, associates and customers have collected and donated over 70,000 pounds of goods and materials to Goodwill partners.
“SpartanNash is committed to corporate responsibility, which includes environmental sustainability and social responsibility initiatives,” notes Meredith Gremel, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We are very excited to expand our partnership with 19 Goodwill affiliates throughout our retail and distribution center markets. We’re doing so by challenging our associates and customers to do some spring cleaning and donate their clothing, electronics and household items to Goodwill Industries, thereby reducing landfill waste, promoting reuse of products and creating jobs through Goodwill’s Back to Work Programs. Plus, we’re making it convenient and doing a lot of the heavy lifting for them.”
SpartanNash Earth Week events will kick off on April 15 and run through April 25, depending on the market. Associates and customers of participating retail stores, as well as associates at the company’s distribution centers and service centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Norfolk, Virginia, and Edina, Minnesota, are encouraged to drop off clothing, electronics (they do not have to work) and household items at the truck or pod located at participating locations. (See locations/dates listed below, or turn towww.spartannash.com/Goodwill). Goodwill staff will be on hand at the trucks to help load the donations and to provide tax deductible receipts and thank you coupons good for a Full Circle item at SpartanNash retail stores.
Any customer who uploads a photo of his or her on-site donation to any social network, using the hashtag #SNGWEarthWeek, will be entered to win one of twenty-five $25 SpartanNash store gift cards.
Additional fun and educational Earth Week activities are planned companywide at SpartanNash to celebrate the importance of sustainability, including a bag design contest, giveaways of seeds and reusable bags, U.S. flag collection and Earth Week bakery competitions.
SpartanNash also has created an internal competition in which the retail store and distribution center that collect the most donations win a traveling trophy and bragging rights for a year. Last year, D&W Fresh Market Knapp Corner in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and SpartanNash’s Omaha Distribution Center won the traveling trophies. In keeping with the Earth Week theme, the traveling trophies are made from old repurposed trophies or reclaimed wood.
Goodwill Industries Partnership
SpartanNash is excited to partner with 21 different Goodwill organizations in 14 states to offer associates and customers the opportunity to conveniently donate goods and materials to a local Goodwill organization in celebration of Earth Day.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Goodwill Industries of Western Michigan
Customers donating directly to the below Goodwill collection facilities can take their donation receipt to the customer service desk of the partnering D&W or Family Fare to receive a Full Circle Coupon.
Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan
Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland
Goodwill Industries Easter Seals of North Dakota (Fargo)
Goodwill Industries in Omaha
Goodwill Partnerships with Our Distribution Centers
SpartanNash associates are able to participate in on-site Goodwill donation drives at 18 distribution centers, including:
Goodwill Partnerships with Our Service Centers
SpartanNash associates located at three service centers are also able to participate in on-site Goodwill donation drives, including:
Goodwill Partnership with Oceana NAS Commissary
Oceana NAS Commissary is hosting a Goodwill drive in partnership with Goodwill Virginia.