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Campbell Soup Foundation Honors Community Heroes at Awards Breakfast

Foundation Recognizes Camden Leaders for Contributions to the City

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 24, 2012–
The Campbell Soup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Campbell
Soup Company
(NYSE:CPB), recognized two Camden community
leaders at a breakfast held at the company’s world headquarters. The
Campbell Soup Foundation Community Awards pay tribute to individuals who
have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Camden
residents. More than 115 local non-profit leaders attended the event.

The Hometown Hero award was created in 2003 to recognize and encourage
those who have dedicated themselves to making Camden a better place to
live and work. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash gift and a framed
certificate. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has
worked over time to improve the lives of Camden residents. The recipient
receives a $5,000 grant for their organization in their name and a
framed certificate.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Jessica Franzini, UARP Program Director at the New Jersey Tree
    Foundation, received the Hometown Hero Award. For the past
    three years, Franzini has been hailed as a “one woman show” in Camden.
    She single handedly runs the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program and
    develops and directs all community-based tree plantings in the city
    and facilitates the Camden Tree Keepers Program and Camden Pruning
    Club and overseeing hundreds of volunteers annually. She has worked
    tirelessly to improve the environment and quality of life in Camden
    through reforestation programs and restoration of public green spaces.
  • Karen Talarico, Executive Director of Cathedral Kitchen, received the Lifetime
    Achievement Award.
    For more than a decade, Talarico has managed
    the operations of the city’s largest feeding program that, during its
    early days, once prepared 200 to 500 meals each evening in a 9 x 12
    ft. kitchen containing one stove and one convection oven. Originally
    hired to oversee what was initially envisioned as a $1 million dollar
    rehabilitation project for the facility, Talarico oversaw what would
    become a $4 million, five-year design and build project. Her efforts
    culminated in the new facility’s opening in November 2008. In addition
    to serving more than 200,000 meals a year, the site now also hosts a
    culinary arts job training program and a health clinic that includes
    dental care for the disadvantaged of Camden.

“Each year we look forward to recognizing individuals in our community
who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life
in Camden,” said Dave Stangis, President of the Campbell Soup
Foundation. “Everyone involved with the Campbell Soup Foundation
Community Awards is dedicated to making Camden a better place to live
and to work.”

Through its “Nourishing” corporate social responsibility program,
Campbell has been widely recognized for making a positive impact in the
workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it
operates. The company has been added to the Dow Jones Sustainability
Indexes, named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List by Corporate
Responsibility
magazine, named to the list of 2010 World’s Most
Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine and named a Catalyst
Award Winner in 2010. Campbell Corporate Social Responsibility report
can be accessed in its entirety at www.campbellsoupcompany.com/csr.

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.

Source: Campbell Soup Foundation

Campbell Soup Foundation
Amanda Bauman, 856-342-5264