The Department of Defense and the New Hampshire Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has awarded C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., Keene, N.H., with the Seven Seals Award for support of service members.

The award is given to employers who demonstrate “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve,” according to a news release.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Luiz, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, nominated the company for the honor. Luiz is the director of food safety training, development and regulatory compliance at C&S.

The company has a goal to hire 500 returning servicemen and women, the release said.

“My personal experiences in the military prepared me for work at C&S in many ways. I was able to bring the skills I learned in multicultural team-building, time/project management and conflict resolution,” Shelby Russell, Master Sergeant, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, U.S. Air Force Retired, and C&S corporate human resources manager, said in the release.