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    Nash Finch Foundation Gets New Leadership

    Gary Spinazze elected chairman, Paula Docken is appointed chair-elect

    Gary Spinazze has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the NFC Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Nash Finch Co., while board member Paula Docken, business analyst and chair of the community outreach committee, was named chair-elect.

    “The selection of Gary as chair of the NFC Foundation and Paula Docken as chair-elect is a tribute to their passion for our foundation’s mission and for volunteerism,” said Alec Covington, Nash Finch president and CEO. “Their energy, enthusiasm and commitment will serve the Foundation and our non-profit partners well.”

    Spinazze, VP of vendor relations for Nash Finch, has served as a director of the NFC Foundation since 2009 and chairs the foundation’s fundraising committee. In his new role, he will continue to be actively involved with major fundraising initiatives for the NFC Foundation and will add responsibility for oversight of the NFC Foundation giving programs. “There is no better feeling than to give back to the community, and our foundation has played a vital role in creating the spirit of giving back that has become a part of our culture at Nash Finch Company,” Spinazze said.

    All NFC Foundation board members are Nash Finch employees who volunteer their time, energy and passion for community service in service to the community. Since 2001, the NFC Foundation has donated more than $3.38 million to nonprofits, focusing its efforts largely on hunger and shelter needs.

    Minneapolis-based Nash-Finch’s core food distribution business serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt. The company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center, Avanaza, Family Fresh Market and Sun Mart trade names.

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