We’re proud to launch Full Futures, a program to advance school nutrition for our kids. We’re kicking it off in our hometown of Camden, New Jersey in partnership with the Camden City School District and many other organizations. Over the next five years, we plan to invest $5 million. Working closely with our partners, our goal is to ensure that all students are well-nourished and ready to thrive at school and in life.
Our focus on school nutrition builds on our 10-year Healthy Communities program. Through that program, and years of investment in food access, we have built a foundation of knowledge to inform this new work—and engaged with expert partners leading school nutrition in the community.
To foster a school nutrition environment, we’re collectively looking at the entire system including food service infrastructure, nutrition education, and expanding school meal programs. Together, with non-profit, public sector, and corporate partners, we’ll leverage our combined expertise to help students reach their full potential—and create a scalable, replicable model for other school districts and communities to adopt.
Schools play a vital role in providing daily nutrition to children.
of high performing students ate breakfast 7 days per week, compared to 20% of lower performing students.
or more of U.S. children’s daily calories are consumed at school.
As a food company with a deep commitment to our community and a strong network of partners with expertise in this area, we believe we can make a meaningful impact on advancing the school nutrition environment. By focusing on the entire environment, we’re thinking beyond school lunches and taking a holistic approach as we work to increase access to nutrition for children year-round.
We believe the Full Futures partnership will provide students the opportunity to not only succeed in school but help them reach their full potential.Mark Clouse, CEO, Campbell Soup Company
We believe the Full Futures partnership will provide students the opportunity to not only succeed in school but help them reach their full potential.
To ensure children can thrive, we’ll work with our partners to focus on:
Making access to nutritious school food a top priority for the school district, embraced through district-wide wellness policies and expanded school meal programs that provide food for students 365 days a year.
Ensuring food service staff and other key stakeholders have the equipment, training, and resources needed to execute successful and nutritious school meal programs.
Expanding the reach and impact of nutrition and culinary education in a variety of school settings and audiences to support nutritious food choices at school, as well as awareness and interest in nutritious food.
Supporting districts in getting nutritious, locally sourced ingredients and supporting menus that are student centered and culturally inclusive.
A key lesson from our 10-year Healthy Communities program was the importance working collaboratively with expert partners. When we set out to develop Full Futures, we knew creating a collective impact partnership with organizations across public, private, and non-profit sectors would be essential to our success.
Meet our partner organizations and learn how they’re supporting Full Futures:
Wellness in the Schools is enhancing the cafeteria menu, training foodservice staff, assessing equipment and infrastructure needs, and providing nutrition education to students and staff.
The Food Bank of South Jersey provides nutrition education to students and parents and leads two youth advisory councils made up of students, who are advising the work of Full Futures.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation leads the measurement and evaluation work for Full Futures, and will develop, with FoodCorps and other partners, a program blueprint for other communities to implement.
The Common Market works with foodservice providers to identify and access local food procurement opportunities and will institute a model to incentivize the purchase of locally grown food across public school districts.
National Farm to School Network works with the Camden City School District to advise on the school food vendor RFP process, with a focus on local and values-based procurement.
The Camden City School District serves approximately 7,000 students across 14 schools. They are developing and implementing district-wide wellness policies, incorporating nutrition education into the core curriculum and supporting food service infrastructure, procurement, and menu enhancements.
Aramark’s foodservice team will receive procurement support and training and technical assistance to implement menu updates that are student centered and culturally inclusive.
New Jersey American Water is working to ensure all schools within the Camden City School District have reliable access to safe drinking water.
With the launch of the 2021 school year, the Full Futures program has officially begun in our pilot location, Camden, New Jersey, and we look forward to expanding the program to additional Campbell communities in the future.
Our goal is to establish a scalable, replicable model for other districts, funders, and nonprofits to adopt.
Follow along on our Twitter and Instagram pages or by using the hashtag #FullFutures.
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