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Food distributor's employees volunteer 20,000 hours

April 18, 2017
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SpartanNash employees volunteer their time in the community. Photo via

A food distributor reported its employees volunteered a combined total of 20,234 hours during 2016, exceeding the company’s annual goal by about 35 percent.

Meredith Gremel, VP of corporate affairs and communications for Byron Center-based SpartanNash, said last month 1,167 of the company's 15,000 associates volunteered at 465 nonprofits and community partners to achieve those hours.

“They supported a variety of causes, from long-standing SpartanNash and SpartanNash Foundation partners, like Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, to local partners, like schools, churches, food pantries, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and so many more,” Gremel said.

One driving factor behind the accumulated hours might be the 100 Club.

Instituted in 2016, the 100 Club incentivizes employees who volunteer 100 hours or more with a promise that SpartanNash will make a $100 donation in the employee’s name to a 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

In total, 41 associates joined the 100 Club in 2016.

Heather Thull, a Family Fare Quick Stop manager, was one of the associates who joined the 100 Club last year, volunteering at the Grandville Baptist Church’s Reignite Youth Group and Awana Truth and Training for third- through sixth-grade students.

“Knowing I’m giving back to the community by having a donation made in my name is very exciting,” Thull said.

SpartanNash’s 2016 Volunteer Impact Report is available online

For 2017, SpartanNash set a goal of 30,000 volunteer hours.

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