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C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and its employees across the company raised $1.6 million during its 2014 United Way campaign, establishing a new record and boosting the distributor's contribution by 10 percent over the previous year. The workplace campaign, held in May, engaged almost 5,000 employees as donors, with all gifts matched dollar for dollar by C&S.
"The mission of the United Way resonates strongly with us," said Rick Cohen, chairman and CEO of Keene, N.H.-based C&S. "Helping others is part of our culture, and our teammates are inspired to give. Whether their contribution is $1 a week or $10 a week, I'm proud of the way our team is motivated to help others. We're building on a long-term relationship with the United Way to create opportunities for a better life for everyone."
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Employees at the company's Bethlehem, Pa., location earned the C&S Champions Award for donating the most dollars, topping $66,779. They additionally received the C&S Excellence Award for the highest participation rate, at 88 percent. Meanwhile, the human resources team at the distributor's Miami facility garnered the C&S Spirit Award for their high engagement of employees during the campaign.
Part of United Way's Global Corporate Leadership Program, C&S, along with its family of companies and employees, has contributed more than $9.5 million to the nonprofit organization over the past nine years.
As reported by Progressive Grocer, Matthews, N.C.-based grocer Harris Teeter has also been busy raising funds for United Way, through a popular donation card program.
The 12th-largest privately held company in the United States, C&S serves about 4,000 stores from more than 50 locations in 14 states. Its customers include Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle, Giant-Landover, Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie, A&P, Kroger, Safeway, Target and Whole Foods.