Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) “The majority of food banks report that they don’t have enough milk available for their clients, and SpartanNash is honored to have played a role in making nutrition more accessible to local families,” said SpartanNash President and CEO Tony Sarsam. “One hundred percent of the funds raised from this campaign will be used to purchase milk at cost for these food banks and pantries throughout the entire year.”
The milk supplied during and after the SpartanNash campaign comes from nearly 1,200 dairy farms throughout the region – 97 percent of which are family-owned.
“We are thrilled with the success of this SpartanNash milk drive,” said UDIM CEO Sharon Toth, MS, RDN. “SpartanNash Associates and shoppers stepped up to assist local families in need, raising funds to supply more than 2 million glasses of protein-rich, bone-building milk for their meals. The Michigan dairy farmers are proud they get to see their product nourishing the communities they serve.”
More than 145 SpartanNash-owned grocery stores participated in the milk drive, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Martin’s Super Markets and Dan’s Supermarket, to support more than 100 local food banks and pantries. Those who could not make it to a store were able to text MILK to 23065 to donate.
“The SpartanNash Milk Drive has truly helped our local families in tremendous ways,” said Midwest Dairy CEO Molly Pelzer, RDN. “We are grateful to all who donated toward this cause, and we look forward to more successful dairy initiatives in the future.”
SpartanNash announced it raised $350,000 during its recent milk drive – which includes an additional $20,000 donation from United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). From Aug. 15-29, SpartanNash partnered with the UDIM and store guests to raise the funds – equivalent to 127,465 gallons of milk – which will be donated to local food banks and pantries to support families in need.