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C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and First Book are partnering to distribute more than 20,000 new books to local children in two cities in need of additional educational resources: Newburgh, N.Y. and Stockton, Calif.
Through the Food for the Mind, Food for the Body initiative, the Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers and First Book have aligned with Feeding America, United Way of Orange County, United Way of San Joaquin, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties to provide more than 20,000 new books, along with healthy food to children in these communities.
Beginning this spring, the new books are being distributed through Feeding America’s Back Pack program and the USDA’s Summer Food program. Each child who receives a backpack full of healthy snacks will also receive a new book of his or her own.
The partners said they chose both Newburgh and Stockton because there is a tremendous need for books in those areas, where more than 24 percent of children live below the poverty line.
“Through our partnership with First Book, we are delighted to help make a positive impact on so many students in the Newburgh and Stockton communities,” said Gina Goff, director of community involvement for C&S. “We found an opportunity with First Book to build upon our delivery of healthy snacks with a nourishing donation of new books.”
Ranked as the largest food wholesaler according to Forbes magazine and the 12th largest privately held company in the United States, C&S Wholesale Grocers distributes food to supermarkets, retail stores and military bases across the country. It serves about 3,900 stores from more than 50 locations in 11 states, among which include Stop & Shop, Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores, Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, Shaw's, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), Ralphs, Safeway and Target.