Grand Rapids, MI — SpartanNash Co. has donated 24 pallets of food products to victims of atmospheric rivers and flooding in Southern California. In partnership with the American Red Cross, products were distributed to residents in shelters because of flooding, power outages and landslides.
The donation, valued at more than $46,000, includes ready-to-eat breakfast foods; sweet snacks (fruit snacks, raisins, etc.); salty snacks (snack bars, crackers, etc.); and juice boxes.
“The flooding and displacement of residents from their homes is devastating,” says SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “As a food solutions company, we are proud to provide essential supplies and comfort in times of uncertainty. We appreciate the American Red Cross for their collaboration, and we will continue to monitor the situation to see how we can support future efforts.”
Since the end of December 2022, 12 atmospheric rivers have impacted the state of California with a series of aftereffects including flash floods, river floods, levee breaks and high levels of snowfall. This has led to power outages and homes and businesses being destroyed, displacing thousands of California residents. The American Red Cross has deployed more than 1,200 volunteers from across the country to help provide people with more than 12,000 overnight stays in shelters.
“California residents need our help recovering from these devastating and dangerous storms. We appreciate the generosity of SpartanNash and its dedication to helping us accomplish our goal of helping others in time of need,” says Ron Horvat, division vice-president of fundraising of the American Red Cross. “All affected by this disaster should receive care and hope, and through this timely donation, we are able to do that.”