C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. has been chosen business of the year in its hometown, Keene, N.H.

The award, given annually by the Keene Chamber of Commerce, honored C&S’s contributions to the local economy and its charity and volunteer work, according to a company news release.

Battling hunger and preserving the environment are among the company’s major causes.

About 1,000 of the wholesaler’s 18,000 employees work at its Keene headquarters.

C&S distributes fresh fruits and vegetables and other grocery items to about 4,600 stores from distribution centers in 11 states.