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Another regional wholesaler engaging in philanthropic endeavors is C&S, which this year is celebrating 10 years of partnership and sustainability leadership with The Conservation Fund.

“We’re proud to be among the supporters of The Conservation Fund, one of the nation’s most respected and effective environmental organizations,” said Richard B. Cohen, chairman and CEO of C&S Wholesale Grocers. “Working together to plant trees and protect working forests is part of our aim to be a more sustainable enterprise. Our partnership with them enhances our investments in recycling, energy efficiency, and logistics technology.” To commemorate this anniversary, the wholesaler made a donation to the environmental non-profit’s Working Forest Fund which will offset the forest footprint of approximately 20,000 wood pallets used to transport and store the food and goods that C&S distributes to its customer base. Since 2005, C&S has contributed to the planting of nearly 100,000 trees across more than 250 acres in six national wildlife refuges in states where the company has operations and employees. These trees will trap an estimated 75,000 tons of carbon emissions as they mature. C&S has worked with The Conservation Fund each year to measure the carbon footprint of its corporate headquarters buildings, several of its distribution centers, and the estimated round-trip commute of its employees. The Conservation Fund plants native trees in wildlife refuges across the country to offset the carbon emissions. Over time, these trees will trap carbon dioxide, filter pollutants from waterways, and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

For the second year running, Safeway Eastern offered healthy eating tours for diabetics in partnership with area registered dieticians at several of its locations. The 90-minute guided tours, which took place starting at the end of March and throughout the whole month of April, focused on three primary areas: healthy eating choices; reading and understanding labels; and finding healthier alternatives. The tours offered those diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes the opportunity to receive dietary and medication counseling from both a registered dietician and a pharmacist as part of the retailer’s Eating Heathy with Diabetes program.  I took the tour at the Boston Street Safeway in Baltimore and, although I am not diabetic, I found it to be very educational, with information that I could apply to my everyday grocery shopping. The dietician was very knowledgeable and fielded all of the questions asked with ease and confidence. The consensus among the attendees was very positive, who as diabetics found it very helpful. I also think Safeway did an excellent job of promoting the program, since all of the attendees learned about the tours in different ways – some saw it in the retailer’s circular, a couple of people heard about it through the store’s overhead speakers during a shopping trip, one was referred by the store pharmacist, and another person found out about it at a local clinic through distributed flyers. Overall, I was very impressed with the program and I hope more people take advantage of it when it is offered again next spring.

And lastly, it is with a heavy heart that I must report on the passing of Supervalu’s senior vice president of merchandising, east region, Manda Johns. The talented, vivacious Johns was taken away far too soon after her battle with cancer. She was beloved by all those she met (even briefly) and will be missed.  I will remember her as always having a shining bright smile on her face. In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that an honorary donation in Manda’s name to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and aid their effort to cure and treat cancer. Director National Cancer Institute, Building 31 Room 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892,

Until next month…