November 7, 2012
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. responded quickly after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, leaving millions of people without electricity up and down the eastern seaboard, destroying homes, halting public transportation and flooding streets.
To take action and help others in need, C&S Wholesale Grocers is working in partnership with Feeding America, the country's largest hunger relief organization. Feeding America is part of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.NVOAD.org) and in turn works collaboratively with groups such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, Humane Society of the United States, plus faith-based organizations, professional organizations including the American Logistics Aid Association, and state and federal government.
The company’s post-storm response took shape through a number of initiatives:
Within days, three tractor trailer loads of food – approximately 150,000 pounds – were donated to Feeding America member food banks in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. One headed to the Connecticut Food Bank (www.ctfoodbank.org) in East Haven, CT; they support 600 emergency food agencies in six counties. A second went to City Harvest (www.cityharvest.org) in New York City; they have operated for more than 30 years and supply 600 agencies. A third truckload was delivered to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ (www.njfoodbank.org) and to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ (www.foodbankmoc.org). All are operating in partnership with local organizations and first responders.
The items C&S donated have been specifically requested by Feeding America and include bottled water, soup, peanut butter, granola and power bars, chili, beef stew, diapers, and cleaning products.
In collaboration with the National Business Aviation Association’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program, C&S donated and delivered 600 pounds of medical and health supplies, including children’s acetaminophen, ibuprofen, neomycin/bacitracin, hydrocortisone cream, hydrogen peroxide, bandages and wraps to New Jersey charities.
C&S Wholesale Grocers made a financial contribution to the national American Red Cross in support of immediate disaster relief efforts.
C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to stop hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company's employees and facilities.
C&S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, N.H. is the largest food wholesaler and according to Forbes magazine, the 9th largest privately held company in the United States. The company distributes food to supermarkets, retail stores and military bases across the country.
Currently, C&S serves about 3,900 stores from more than 50 locations in 12 states. Among our customers are many of America's best known companies, including Stop & Shop, Giant of Carlisle, Giant of Landover, Shaw's, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), Ralphs, Safeway and Target.