C&S Does More to Fight Hunger

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C&S Does More to Fight Hunger

C&S Wholesale Grocers has expanded its anti-hunger efforts by contributing to two national nonprofit organizations, Feeding America and Share our Strength. The additional funds will help to address the increasingly serious issue of hunger in children — a problem made all too clear by a recent USDA study that found one in four U.S. children to be living in a food-insecure household.

“Making a difference for families and children who are living in poverty, or who find themselves now on the edges of poverty, is something that C&S Wholesale Grocers feels compelled to do,” said C&S director of community involvement Gina Goff. “Our company and employees take seriously being a catalyst for change, especially regarding the issue of childhood hunger.”

C&S’s investment in Feeding America focuses on the BackPack Program, a program that fills the food gap on weekends and vacations for children whose families don’t have enough food. Feeding America’s goal is to double the number of children served across the country over the next five years. The wholesaler is supporting general program operations and a National Public Radio campaign aimed at expanding awareness of the initiative among educated, affluent consumers. Additionally, a special BackPack Web page has been launched at http://www.feedingamerica.org/backpack.

For Share Our Strength, C&S sponsored the group’s 25th annual Conference of Leaders, which brought together several hundred hunger activists from across the United States, and provided underwriting for “Hunger in America’s Classrooms: Teachers Report” (http://www.strength.org/teachers). The first-of-its-kind report, which includes information from a formal national survey of teachers, many of whom see close-up the effect of hunger on children, will be shared with key community leaders, politicians and members of the media involved in the debate over legislation concerning programs to address childhood hunger.

Additionally, C&S funds directed to Share Our Strength went to establish an Innovation Fund to discover and back organizations that are innovatively and effectively eliminating the obstacles that cause childhood hunger.

Keene, N.H.-based C&S provides distribution services to grocery chains and independent stores, delivering to about 4,600 locations from its DCs in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont.