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In response to the devastating effects of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico — which resulted in the largest man-made environmental disaster in American history — C&S Wholesale Grocers is donating funds to help the people, ecosystems and wildlife in the area.
“C&S is making cash and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations with strong track records of making a difference for people, the environment and animals,” said Gina Goff, director of community involvement at Keene, N.H.-based C&S. “Our donations will assist, at least in a modest way, relief efforts, cleanup and recovery along the Gulf.”
The wholesaler has so far contributed to the following: the Greater New Orleans Foundation Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, which offers short- and long-term support for fishermen and their families; the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, which is involved in training volunteers to remove hazardous materials from beaches, bayous and marshes; and the National Wildlife Federation, which is engaged in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
C&S has also made an in-kind contribution of over 17 tons of child-appropriate food to members of the Feeding America network to distribute in local BackPack Programs.
The company additionally supports The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero Program, under which over 14,300 native trees have been planted to help restore damaged ecosystems in three Gulf region National Wildlife Refuges.
The largest food wholesaler in the country, C&S serves about 3,900 stores from over 50 locations in 11 states. Its customers include Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle, Giant-Landover, Shaw’s, A&P, Ralphs, Safeway and Target.