C&S Wholesale Grocers to Mark MLK Day with Service

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels, on or around the 2015 MLK Day of Service, teams of C&S associates in nearly 20 locations will be devoting time to young children enrolled in Head Start Schools or other schools in low-income neighborhoods. Associates will volunteer in the classrooms to read books and do coloring projects on themes of inclusiveness and diversity.

“Our colleagues will be connecting with at least 500 children and sparking their imaginations,” said Amanda Whalen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Innovation. She also noted, “This is the seventh consecutive year that C&S has participated in MLK Day as volunteers in our communities.”

To make the day special and to further encourage reading, each child will receive new, age appropriate books of their own. The books will be provided by C&S through First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need.

Yasmina S. Vinvci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association, said “The National Head Start Association is pleased to partner with C&S Wholesale Grocers to enable teams of volunteers to read to Head Start children and provide them with books. We applaud the employees of C&S for being involved in their communities and for helping provide a window of opportunity for life-long success for our most vulnerable children.”

The schools C&S associates will visit include:

  • Oakwood Elementary School Head Start, CA
  • Milo-Peck Windsor Head Start, CT
  • Evans Community Head Start, FL
  • Haitian Youth Community Center, FL
  • Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School, FL
  • Mauka Lani Elementary School, HI
  • Southeast Early Head Start, IN
  • Hammond Head Start, LA
  • Havre De Grace Elementary School Head Start, MD
  • MRDC Head Start –Elkton & North East Centers, MD
  • Keene Head Start, NH
  • Swanzey Head Start, NH
  • RECAP Head Start, NY
  • Lincoln Early Childhood Center, PA
  • CCSD Thomas Myers II Head Start, SC
  • Pleasant Valley Head Start, SC


C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 150,000 different products. To learn more, please visit www.cswg.com.

C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to fight hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company’s employees and facilities. To learn more: http://community.cswg.com.