Grocery distributor and supermarket retailer SpartanNash has partnered with Borden Dairy to distribute 57,600 servings of milk to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The milk was recently delivered and distributed to the food bank’s network of 400 partner agencies across 22 counties.
Borden Dairy is distributing fresh milk to nonprofits through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which is part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP).
Previously, SpartanNash and the SpartanNash Foundation granted $250,000 to 19 Feeding America affiliates, providing between 750,000 and 2.5 million meals depending on affiliate location to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, SpartanNash donates more than 5.5 million pounds of food annually to partnering food banks and local food pantries and funded more than $1.4 million in community support in 2019.
“Throughout this pandemic, SpartanNash has remained committed to our local communities and supporting them through partnerships and programs such as this one,” said Meredith Gremel, SpartanNash vice president, corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “We know the importance of food, medicine and other grocery essentials, and we are proud to help provide fresh milk to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the families it serves during these most uncertain times.”
In addition to its grocery distribution and military commissary networks, SpartanNash operates 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery and Dan’s Supermarket.
Borden Dairy received the USDA’s largest award under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program and plans to distribute a total of 700 million servings of milk in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
“Teaming with SpartanNash enables Borden to expand our footprint to new states and supply fresh milk to even more families who have been affected by COVID-19,” said Borden CEO Tony Sarsam. “We applaud SpartanNash for their commitment to helping Borden make nutrition convenient and accessible to communities throughout the Midwest.”
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