From the beginning, we’ve proudly called Camden, New Jersey home. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we’re reaffirming our commitment to building strong community connections in our hometowns.
This month, we brought together our Camden community partners for the Campbell Soup Foundation’s 15th networking breakfast. We celebrated our 150th anniversary, along with the achievements of the many community organizations who are our partners.
“This breakfast is an opportunity for us to recognize one another’s achievements, while looking forward to the future and our continued work together in Camden,” said Kim Fortunato, President of the Campbell Soup Foundation.
We were also proud to honor four partners who bring our company’s core values to life every day in the work that they do for our Camden community.
Do Right and Be Real Award
Tricia Yeo, Food Bank of South Jersey
Tricia’s tireless efforts are ensuring that Camden’s residents have access to healthy food – and to the education and cooking skills necessary to enjoy it. She also leads the Camden Youth Advisory Council, enabling Camden high school students to bring positive change to their city.
Dare to Disrupt Award
Pilar Hogan Closkey, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society
By launching innovative housing programs and complementary services, Pilar has helped build more than 1,000 homes, and repair another 450 homes, for Camden families.
Seek the Power of Different Award
Justin Spencer-Linzie, Soccer for Success and other community recreation programs
Justin and his team have expanded the free after-school Soccer for Success program throughout the city by incorporating community feedback and modeling best practices from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
Own it Like a Founder Award
Elsa Candelario, Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ
Elsa ensures the Hispanic Family Center is rooted in the community it serves and takes a holistic approach to meet families’ needs, serving about 10,000 individuals across 20 programs
In addition, in recognition of the company’s anniversary year, a special Camden Legacy Award was presented to Respond, Inc. Nominated by community partners, Respond demonstrates an unwavering commitment to Camden residents of all ages to ensure people can thrive and neighborhoods are safe and nurtured. With a focus on “helping people help themselves,” Respond is creating sustainable change for Camden.
The awards also included $5,500 in grants spread among the awardees’ organizations.
At this year’s event, we were also excited to share a special Campbell Soup Company archives exhibit and presentation highlighting the work of our company’s founders, Joseph Campbell and Abraham Anderson, and all the other amazing employees who have built our company over the last 150 years.
“We’ve been a proud part of the Camden community since our founding in 1869, and we’re so glad you’re here with us to celebrate this big birthday,” said Sarah Rice, Senior Corporate Archivist.
Since Campbell and Anderson launched our company in 1869, Campbell has been an integral part of the Camden community. Just in the past decade, we’re proud to have provided nearly $30 million to support our Camden neighbors. Since 2010, we’ve been working to improve the health of young people in Camden through our 10-year, $10 million Campbell’s Healthy Communities program, which we have also extended to other Campbell communities.
The work to give back to our Camden hometown continues, and we couldn’t do it without partnerships with remarkable community leaders like the ones we were proud to honor at our networking breakfast.