Nash Finch Company (NASDAQ: NAFC), a leading national food distributor and retailer, today announced that the Company and its charitable foundation, The NFC Foundation, was named a local Jefferson Awards Winner for corporate giving by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Nash Finch associates and senior executives volunteered more than 5,000 hours of time in 2009, mostly in the Twin Cities area. Nash Finch also donated more than 187,000 pounds of food to a number of food shelves and food banks such as Hope for the City. In addition, Nash Finch senior executives focused as a team on hunger relief by volunteering at partner agencies including Loaves and Fishes, where associates regularly volunteer by serving meals to the hungry. Since 2006, Nash Finch has also distributed more than 90,000 books to nonprofits, schools, and children in need through its Feeding Imagination® educational program.

“I could not be more proud of the NFC Foundation and the many Nash Finch associate volunteers. 2009 was a very difficult year for many which makes the amount of effort, time and resources put into charitable giving that much more meaningful. I would like to congratulate all of the volunteers and Brian Numainville, the chair of the foundation, for their hard work and dedication,” said Alec Covington, President and CEO of Nash Finch.

About the NFC FoundationThe NFC Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established by Nash Finch Company, exists to aid people in need throughout the communities where Nash Finch associates live and work. The NFC Foundation provides assistance through financial contributions to nonprofits, as well as through associate volunteerism with select organizations. The NFC Foundation primarily focuses on relief efforts related to hunger and shelter. More information on the NFC Foundation is available at

About Nash-FinchNash-Finch is a Fortune 500 company and one of the leading food distribution companies in the United States. Nash-Finch's core business, food distribution, 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®, AVANZA®, Family Fresh Market® and Sun Mart® trade names. Further information is available on the Company's website,

About The Jefferson AwardsThe Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities. Together with the Wilmington, Del.-based Jefferson Awards, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognizes 12 companies throughout the year for their philanthropic work.

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