by Kate Barrett, Senior Manager, Community Affairs
The Campbell Soup Foundation team is thrilled to announce this year’s grantees. 33 community organizations received funding this year, driving our Campbell Community Affairs mission to strengthen and empower healthy communities in our Campbell hometowns.
Founded in 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation provides financial support to local organizations that inspire positive change in communities throughout the U.S. where our employees live and work. The Foundation places particular emphasis on Camden, N.J., birthplace of Campbell’s flagship soup business and home of our world headquarters. The Foundation is entirely employee-run, governed by a Board of Trustees and advised by an Executive Committee.
Campbell Soup Foundation grantmaking aligns with our three focus areas: increasing healthy food access, encouraging healthy living and nurturing Campbell neighborhoods.
How do some of our grantees live these goals?
When it comes to increasing healthy food access, one organization that the foundation supported this year is the Neighborhood Center in Camden. The Neighborhood Center runs an urban farm and teen farmer program in which teenagers learn about agriculture, learn to grow their own food and create business plans to sell their produce to community members through channels such as farmers markets, farm shares, and corner stores.
In the area of encouraging healthy living, the foundation made a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County for their “Triple Play – Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul” program in Everett, Washington, home of Campbell’s Stockpot facility. A key component of the program focuses on fostering healthy lifestyles for underserved youth in the community through structured physical activity and nutrition education.
In the category of nurturing Campbell neighborhoods, the foundation supported an organization named Growing Change, and their project to transform an old prison site into a community education center and sustainable farm in Maxton, North Carolina, home of one of Campbell’s largest soup manufacturing facilities.
With 90 applications received, this year’s grant cycle was incredibly competitive, so the 33 grants awarded are a testament to the fantastic work these organizations are doing in Campbell communities. You can see a full list of this year’s grantees.