C&S Wholesale Grocers
Industry: Largest food wholesaler in the United States
Years in business: 95
Size: 12,500 employees nationwide; the distribution center in Brattleboro, Vermont employs approximately 400 people
Support: 16 years of support, 1.8 million pounds of food donated to the Vermont Foodbank since 2007
Fun Fact: Annually, C&S trucks cover 136 million miles
Feeding America recognizes C&S Wholesale Grocers as a Mission Partner –a special group of companies that have made significant, on-going commitments in the national fight against hunger. The company supports two dozen food banks across the country, including the Vermont Foodbank. C&S’s support of the Vermont Foodbank takes the shape of both donated food and funds. And for the past few years, the company’s financial investments have focused on initiatives to address child hunger, in particular they have become nationwide champions of the BackPack Program. Locally, C&S funds the BackPack Program in two Brattleboro schools for the entire school year, providing 80 food-insecure students with enough nutritious, kid-friendly food to see them through the weekend, when the school meals they rely on are not available. The company also spearheaded a new initiative which put 3,000 fresh Vermont apples into the packs of Brattleboro children in need this year. Sesame Street's "Food for Thought; Eating Well on a Budget" nutrition education was also added to participating student packs.
One of their best experiences with the Foodbank was the 2008 grand opening of the Foodbank’s Southern Distribution Center in Brattleboro. The Brattleboro branch is literally in the “front yard” of the C&S distribution center, and many employees were on hand for the festivities which included a tour of the space –stocked with food C&S had donated– and a peek at the large capacity freezer that they helped make possible.
Also, for the past few years, Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles has made a presentation to 400 guests at the C&S Charity Golf Outing. His remarks have helped to put a face on hunger and to address root causes and immediate needs of the charitable food system.
C&S employees volunteer both at the Vermont Foodbank in Brattleboro, and at local network partners of the Foodbank, most notably the Brattleboro Drop In Center- they’ve cleaned, scraped and painted every surface there at least a few times! When asked what she hopes to achieve with their investment in the Foodbank, Gina Goff, Senior Director of Community Involvement for C&S, says “That’s simple! We want to make a difference.”