CAMDEN, N.J., May 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) has extended its commitment to hunger relief with the announcement of a new partnership between Campbell Canada and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Campbell’s new Nourish product–a complete meal designed to help address the issue of hunger–is available for purchase at participating grocery stores across Canada.
Each time Canadians buy a can of Nourish, Campbell will donate one can to Food Banks Canada and $0.25, the price of a school meal according to WFP, to help fund school meal programs for children around the world. The WFP provides school meals to an average of 20 million children each year in 60 countries.
“The launch of Nourish was inspired by our belief that we have a responsibility to make healthier foods that taste great and are accessible to all Canadians regardless of their economic situation or geographic region. Since the launch, Canadians have expressed their support for Nourish, many with a desire to purchase it, to help in the fight against hunger,” said Philip Donne, President of Campbell Canada. “By making Nourish available in stores across Canada, 100 percent of Campbell’s Nourish net profits will fund hunger relief efforts including national donations to Food Banks Canada and global donations through the World Food Programme.”
“When children start the day hungry, they can focus on little else, including their school work,” said Nancy Roman, WFP’s Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships. “Campbell Canada’s support will be a big boost to nourishing children, who can concentrate on their studies instead of worrying about where their next meal is coming from. It’s a powerful investment in the next generation.”
With the help of retailer partners equally committed to supporting hunger relief activities, Nourish will initially be available starting in May at grocery stores across Canada. Participating retailers include: Co-op / Marketplace, Fairway Market, Longo’s, Overwaitea Food Group (Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, PriceSmart Foods), Safeway, and Sobeys Inc. (Sobeys, IGA, FreshCo). Nourish is available in Canada in two delicious, wholesome varieties: Hearty Chicken Bean and Six Vegetable Grain.
Since the launch of Nourish in February 2011, more than 28,000 Canadians have joined Campbell Canada in helping to alleviate hunger through Campbell Canada’s Facebook page and on Twitter. These activities have triggered the donation of 90,000 cans of Nourish to Food Banks Canada in addition to Campbell’s initial 100,000 can donation.
Campbell recently unveiled plans to reduce childhood obesity and hunger in Camden, the company’s home since 1869. Campbell will invest $10 million over ten years with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and hunger in Camden’s 23,000 children by 50 percent. Through its “Nourishing” corporate social responsibility program, Campbell has been recognized for making a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell’s Corporate Social Responsibility report describes the strategies, policies and programs and can be accessed at www.campbellsoupcompany.com/csr.
Launched with an initial 100,000-can donation to Food Banks Canada, Nourish is a complete meal with a full serving of three food groups1. A first-of-its kind product intended to help address food security, Nourish is a delicious, nutrient-dense product that can be enjoyed by everyone from the average Canadian to those in need at food banks or impacted by disaster situations.
Designed to be eaten either heated or at room temperature, each can of Nourish has a pop-top lid, 24-month shelf-life, and doesn’t require the addition of water, making it an ideal solution for food banks in Canada or in disaster-relief situations around the world. Nourish uses unique ‘Naked Oats,’ developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists and licensed to a grower in Manitoba, to help provide nutrients such as protein, iron and calcium.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.
About World Food Programme
WFP is the UN’s front-line food assistance agency and the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing food to an average of 90 million people (including 58 million children) per year. Hunger is still the biggest health threat in the world, affecting nearly 1 billion people. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. WFP fights hunger via emergency aid, recovery and rebuilding programs for post-emergency situations, and development projects aimed at helping poor countries strengthen their own ability to reduce chronic hunger. For more information, visit www.wfp.org.
1 Per Canada’s Food Guide
SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
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