Students at Lehigh Valley Academy and Donegan
Elementary in Bethlehem, Penn., received new
books to take home and encourage them to
read, thanks to a donation from C&S Wholesale
Grocers and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books, educational resources
and other essentials to children in need.
Representatives from First Book and more than
50 associates from C&S visited the two schools to
read to the children and hand out the books. All
students from both schools received new books
to take home. The reading celebrations, intended
to foster a love of reading and fuel learning for
local kids in need, are part of an ongoing partnership between C&S and First Book.
The reading celebrations were conducted as
part of C&S and First Book’s long-term “Food
for the Body, Food for the Mind” initiative. C&S
is also donating books to Second Harvest Food
Bank of the Lehigh Valley in Nazareth, Pa., a
member of the Feeding America network, for
inclusion in their backpack program, which
provides meals and other essential needs to chil-
dren when school is not in session.
“Having access to books is one of the most sig-
nificant indicators of a child’s academic success,”
says Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First
Book. “By ensuring they have books and other
educational resources in their schools, programs
and at home, we improve outcomes later in life.
We’re proud to partner with C&S to reach the
students in Bethlehem and other communities
across the country.”
C&S selected Bethlehem because it operates
two facilities in the small city.
“What we do at C&S extends far beyond logistics and delivering food to supermarkets and
stores,” says Gina Goff, senior director of community involvement for C&S, based in Keene, N.H.
“Our ‘Food for the Body, Food for the Mind’ initiative with First Book reaches young and vulnerable children in a meaningful way. The positive
ripple effects from it happen in the classroom, at
home and beyond.”
MILKING CLEAN ENERGY
Clean energy and low carbon footprint are among the newest buzzwords
in the supermarket industry, but not to officials at Oregon Dairy. The
Lititz, Pa.-based independent supermarket, gift shop, ice cream parlor and
restaurant has been practicing clean energy since 1985 when a methane
digester was installed at its neighboring dairy farm.
“We expanded the methane digester in 2010, and since then we have
been producing more electricity than we can utilize on the farm, so the
excess power gets utilized at our retail operation,” says George Hurst, gen-
eral manager, farm operations at Oregon Dairy.
The digester generates 120 kilowatts of electricity per hour, 24 hours,
seven days a week.
“The electricity generated goes right from our generator into the
store, and accounts for maybe 10 percent of the store’s power, more than
enough to power the lights in the store,” Hurst says.
Liquid manure from the farm’s 500 head of milking cows and 500 heifers
and calves in the dairy barn is collected in tanks where it is heated to more
than 100 degrees, Hurst says. That releases the methane from the manure.
It enters a gas line that runs to a generator and is converted into electricity.
“That process creates a lot of heat, so we have heat exchangers on that
are used to heat the manure,” Hurst says. “We also heat the water for the
wash water for our milking system, as well as to heat the farmhouse here
at the farm.”
In addition to the methane digester, in 2011, Oregon Dairy installed
solar panels on the roof of its store, in conjunction with Horizon Energy.
The roof’s solar panels produce approximately 264,516 kilowatts of electricity annually, enough to power 30 average size homes for a year.