Manistee Family Fare to raise funds for local Habitat for Humanity

In 2019, the Manistee County Land Bank donated a vacant property at Fourth Street in Eastlake to Manistee County Habitat for Humanity. A local Habitat for Humanity volunteer slices into a large tree on a vacant property in Eastlake, which was expected to be the site of their spring of 2020 build. (File photo)

In 2019, the Manistee County Land Bank donated a vacant property at Fourth Street in Eastlake to Manistee County Habitat for Humanity. A local Habitat for Humanity volunteer slices into a large tree on a vacant property in Eastlake, which was expected to be the site of their spring of 2020 build. (File photo)

MANISTEE — From Feb. 10-21, visitors to the Manistee Family Fare will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5, $10 — or round purchases up to the nearest dollar at any checkout lane.

There will be a “Donate to Habitat” option at every checkout and all money raised is set to be granted to the Manistee County Habitat for Humanity.

Randy Zakrajsek, board president of Manistee County Habitat for Humanity, said “The need is greater than ever, and the Habitat program allows people in our county with a steady income and acceptable credit to move towards home ownership."

“Manistee County Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with the Spartan Nash Foundation and are thankful that Family Fare provides us this opportunity to further affordable housing in Manistee County” Zakrajsek said adding that Habitat participants, who help alongside volunteers to build the home, "agree to financial management and homeownership classes along with contributing 250 sweat equity hours.”

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Manistee County Habitat for Humanity volunteers and the participants have also been hard at work on a build in Eastlake.

“We are excited to be completing our new build in Eastlake with property donated from the Manistee County Land Bank this month. Another hard working family will be moving in soon to their energy efficient and affordable home,” Zakrajsek said.

In total, 49 local Habitats in eight states will receive monetary support thanks to the SpartanNash Foundation as it aims to build a strong foundation and a path toward homeownership.

Paul Glaser, Manistee County Habitat for Humanity board member called it "a wonderful opportunity in our community to join with Family Fare ... to raise funds to continue our mission to offer safe, decent and affordable housing."

Meredith Gretel, Spartan Nash Foundation vice president of corporate affairs and communications, and executive director explained that the Foundation is the company’s charitable giving arm that supports "community nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes."

“Through our retail scan campaigns, we have developed many strong partnerships with local Habitats, and we are excited to join with our store guests, associates and Habitat partners to continue to build stronger communities in 2021," Gretel said.

In 2020, more than $827,000 was granted through the Spartan Nash Foundation’s companywide scan campaigns, benefitting local Habitat for Humanity, military and food pantry partners.

More information on the Manistee County Habitat for Humanity is available online at habitatmanistee.org.