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Leadership Circle, Make Room for DS Services of America, Inc.


Grounds for Health is delighted to welcome new funder DS Services of America, Inc. (DS Services) to our Leadership Circle. Their generous gift helps make possible our continued work in coffee regions of Nicaragua and Peru while adding the necessary resources to get our program in Ethiopia off the ground.

The generous gift from DS Services supports our work in Nicaragua and Peru while adding the necessary resources to get our program in Ethiopia off the ground.

DS Services is no stranger to helping women’s causes. Athena® was created by a breast cancer survivor in 2003 to help fund the battle against women’s cancers. DS Services purchased Athena in 2010, and Athena has become a recognized brand with nationwide distribution. Now the company has expanded its support for women’s care internationally with Grounds for Health.

DS Services is a leader in the U.S. home and office beverage delivery market and one of the largest national coffee and tea service, water filtration and bottled drinking water companies in the United States. In 2012, DS Services acquired Standard Coffee®, a national coffee and tea products provider for offices and restaurants.

The company’s Vice President of Coffee Development, Ken Shea, wrote in a recent issue of Coffee Talk:

I attended the Grounds for Health [SCAA] reception in April. While there I witnessed a first-hand recap of the processes involved and benefits provided in this group’s fight against cervical cancer in the coffee growing regions of the world. The presentation jolted me in a profound way. I was never lacking in being provided information concerning the multiple plights of the families in coffee’s countries of origin. I simply opted not to learn more nor become a solution participant. That has now changed.

Special thanks to Mr. Shea who took our message home to his leadership team, and to the DS Services President and CEO, Tom Harrington, who approved this generous donation. In 2015, Grounds for Health will work closely with DS Services Vice President of Marketing Donna Staton and her marketing team to communicate the impact of this support to DS Services customers and throughout the coffee value chain.

About DS Services:

DS Services is a national direct-to-consumer provider of bottled water, office coffee and water filtration services. DS Services offers a comprehensive portfolio of beverage products, equipment and supplies to approximately 1.5 million customers through its network of over 200 sales and distribution facilities and daily operation of over 2,100 routes. With one of the broadest distribution networks in the country, DS Services can provide service to approximately 90 percent of U.S. households and efficiently services homes and national, regional and local offices. DS Services is dedicated to achieving its mission of becoming America’s favorite drinking water, coffee and tea service provider where consumers live, work and play. Please visit for more information about DS Services.

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