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C&S Donates nearly 700,000 cartons of milk for kids - Announcement made during National Nutrition Month

March 27, 2017

Keene, NH – C&S Wholesale Grocers is proud to announce a recent donation of nearly 700,000 cartons of shelf-stable milk to Feeding America food banks to support child nutrition programs.  The milk will be distributed through School Pantry and BackPack programs operated by the local food bank.

C&S worked with local food banks in their markets to identify the most needed items. High-value, kid-friendly foods, like shelf-stable milk, were items repeatedly requested for use in the food banks’ child nutrition programs. Through School Pantry and BackPack programs, food banks are able to distribute kid-friendly food so that children in need can have access to nutritious food in the evenings and weekends.

The 8-ounce cartons of milk, 1% and chocolate, are fortified with Vitamins A and D and do not contain artificial growth hormones. The milk is shelf-stable because refrigeration is not typically available for BackPack and School Pantry program models

The following 24 food banks each received 25,000 cartons of milk to be distributed to schools in C&S communities that operate a BackPack or a School Pantry Program:

AL Montgomery Area Food Bank, Montgomery
CA Community Food Bank, Fresno
  Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Sacramento
  Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, Manteca
CT Foodshare, Bloomfield
FL Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa
  Feeding Northeast Florida, Jacksonville
  Feeding South Florida, Pembroke Park
  Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
HI Hawaii Foodbank, Honolulu
LA Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, New Orleans
MD Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore
NJ Community Foodbank of New Jersey, Hillside
NY Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Cornwall-on-Hudson
  Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Latham
  Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg
PA Greater Berks Food Bank, Reading
  Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and NE Pennsylvania, Nazareth
  Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, Erie
SC Harvest Hope Food Bank, Greenville
  Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston
TX Houston Food Bank, Houston
  North Texas Food Bank, Dallas
VT Vermont Foodbank, Brattleboro


“Feeding America is committed to providing more nutritious food items to low-income families,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Operations. “When children can’t focus or learn in school because they are hungry, they are less likely to achieve academic success. We are so grateful to C&S Wholesale Grocers for their continued support and this donation of shelf-stable milk for our child nutrition programs.”

“Food is a prescription for health,” said Debra Vizzi, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “We and C&S are committed to providing healthy, nutritious food to the families we serve. The FoodBank is deeply appreciative of C&S’s donation of 25,000 cartons of milk. This milk will reach New Jersey children in need; giving them the necessary nutrients to grow and learn. Together, we are partnering to provide healthy food choices.”

Additionally, C&S’s support for Feeding America included nutrition educational materials for food banks to share with schools for children and families.

ABOUT FEEDING AMERICA Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

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