August 20, 2018
Keene, NH – In fewer than two hours, employees at the corporate headquarters of C&S Wholesale Grocers assembled more than 100,000 meals for neighbors in need. The initiative celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary year and was a demonstration of C&S’s values as an engaged corporate citizen.
Organized in partnership with The Pack Shack, a national nonprofit organization, several hundred employees volunteered during two high-energy, fun, and fast-paced sessions, nicknamed “Feed the Funnel” parties. Working in teams, they assembled and boxed the meals. Sporting hairnets, gloves, and commemorative T-shirts, employees broke out in spontaneous dancing while they created the meals.
The 100,000+ meals were given to the New Hampshire Food Bank and to the Vermont Foodbank for distribution to local food assistance agencies, including community kitchens and pantries and school pantries. Each meal is easily and quickly prepared by cooking in boiling water for 20 minutes and can be enhanced with the addition of fresh vegetables, meat, or fish.
After participating in one of the meal packing sessions, Mike Duffy, the Chief Executive Officer of C&S, said, “This was a great example of how we come together as one team. It was inspirational to see how much our employees value making a difference in the community. We all worked quickly to get this done, and we had fun while doing it.”
The Pack Shack has now led meal packing events in 36 states, and its first in the state of New Hampshire through the initiative with C&S.
About The Pack Shack
The Pack Shack is a nonprofit organization that supplies provisions and opportunities for neighbors in need. Since its beginning in 2013, The Pack Shack has engaged more than 120,000 people in 36 states to pack over 22 million meals for local nonprofits through its signature “Feed the Funnel” parties. Learn more about The Pack Shack and “Feed the Funnel” parties at www.thepackshack.org.
About C&S Wholesale Grocers
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 14,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 140,000 different products. We are an engaged corporate citizen supporting causes that positively impact our communities. 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 workplaces. To learn more, visit community.cswg.com.