Free Fresh Fruit for Kids offers bananas and clementines for kids to snack on while their parents shop

To encourage healthy eating choices for children and reinforce that when it comes to fruits and vegetables, more matters – Vibrant Health Family Clinics is encouraging store guests to utilize the “Free Fresh Fruit for Kids” program, now available at Family Fresh Markets in Hudson, New Richmond and River Falls and Econofoods stores in Durand and Somerset.

Family Fresh Market, Econofoods and their parent company, SpartanNash, recently launched the “Free Fresh Fruit for Kids” program. Using designated bins located near the front of produce sections in Family Fresh Market and Econfoods stores, the Free Fresh Fruit for Kids program encourages children to grab a banana or clementine to snack on while their parents shop the store.

“Parents love the Free Fresh Fruit for Kids program, and it supports our health and wellness initiatives to inspire families to eat healthier in every aisle of our stores,” Executive Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Retail Ted Adornato said. “If you’re a parent with small children, it can be difficult at times to shop if you aren’t keeping your child happy and occupied. By offering a real food snack for kids from our produce department, we’re connecting with the families that shop our stores and inspiring a generation to make healthy choices.”

The Free Fresh Fruits for Kids program also ties in with Vibrant Health Family Clinics other initiatives with Family Fresh Market, including cooking classes for kids and as a part of the diabetes education series.

“We are proud to encourage and support opportunities that teach kids about good nutritional choices,” said pediatrician Dr. Amber Morgan from Vibrant Health Family Clinics.

The Free Fresh Fruit for Kids program is part of SpartanNash’s “Living Well” initiatives, which also include an ever-growing assortment of organic offerings, free and reduced-cost prescriptions at their pharmacies, kids programming and Regional Wellness Specialists who serve company-owned retail stores and communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and the greater Omaha, Neb. area.

Wellness Specialists work with community partners like Vibrant Health Family Clinics to raise awareness about programs such as Free Fresh Fruit for Kids and provide resources about nutrition and optimal food choices through in-store wellness activities like grocery store tours, cooking classes and healthy food sampling.

The Free Fresh Fruit for Kids program is available in Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market locations in seven states. In total, 136 stores offer the produce bins for SpartanNash “shoppers in training.”

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 350 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, select national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. As of today, SpartanNash currently operates 143 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.