C&S Wholesale Grocers Announces 2015 Hunger Action Month Contributions

Keene, NH During Hunger Action Month in September, C&S Wholesale Grocers announced grants to food banks and other initiatives to address domestic hunger.

Contributions to Food Banks
C&S made grants to 14 food banks in or near communities where the company has a presence. The focus of the contributions was on child hunger, primarily through the BackPack Program.  The program alleviates weekend hunger among food-insecure children by quietly filling back packs with nutritious food on Fridays. Children at elementary schools in 10 states will be reached through the grants.

Donations were made to:

  • Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL - Support for the BackPack Program in Plant City; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 21
  • Vermont Food Bank, Brattleboro, VT - Funding for the BackPack Program and School Food Pantry To-Go Program in Brattleboro; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 5
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg, PA - Support toward the BackPack and Fresh Express Programs in York County; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 2
  • Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, Manteca, CA - Grant to sustain and grow the Food 4 Thought Afterschool Program in Stockton; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 12
  • New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH - Support for family food boxes and equipment for agencies in the Monadnock Region; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 10
  • Greater Berks Food Bank, Reading, PA - Funding for the Weekender BackPack Program in Berks County; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 18
  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Hillside, NJ - Grant for the BackPack Program in New Brunswick; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 1
  • Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Latham, NY - Support to expand the BackPack Program in Newburgh and Chester; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 12
  • Harvest Hope, Greenville, SC - Grant to expand the BackPack Program in Greenville County; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 2
  • Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, East Allen Township, PA - Grant for the BackPack Buddies Program in Bethlehem; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 2
  • Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Muncie, IN - Grant to expand child hunger initiatives in Delaware County and nearby communities; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 7
  • Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC - Grant for the BackPack Buddies Program in Charleston County; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 10
  • Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, Erie, PA - Grant for the Produce Express Program in DuBois; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 1
  • Houston Food Bank, Houston, TX - Grant for the BackPack Buddies Program; anticipated number of schools or sites reached: 500+

Additional grants were awarded to:

  • generationOn, Atlanta, GA - Support for Make Your Mark on Hunger, a national youth volunteerism project
  • Congressional Hunger Center, Washington, DC - Funding for the training and work of the 2015-16 class of Emerson Hunger Fellows around child hunger in the United States.

Food
During the month of September, associates of the C&S Family of Companies are participating in an annual food drive. Non-perishable items such as peanut butter, soup, and tuna are being donated by employees and given to the closest food bank. C&S is matching each pound collected with a $1 contribution to Feeding America for child hunger initiatives. Since 2003, food donations by employees have totaled over 98 tons.

Feeding America recently recognized C&S Wholesale Grocers as a Leadership Partner in recognition of its contributions of food and funds and the commitment to fight against hunger.