35 NFL Moms Blitz Hunger in Their Hometowns to Benefit Feeding
America’s Network of Food Banks Across the Country
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 28, 2008–The notion of
‘tackling’ is nothing new to a football mom, but the moms of 35 NFL
players are giving tackling a whole new meaning this football season.
The Professional Football Player’s Mothers Association (PFPMA) is
teaming up with the Campbell’s Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger(R) program
and Feeding America, (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) the
nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to tackle a big
issue — the nation’s hunger.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, hunger
affects more than 38 million Americans. To help fight this national
problem, 35 moms from the PFPMA are taking part in the “NFL Moms
Tackling Hunger with Chunky Soup” program, a friendly competition
among moms of NFL players, where they’ll strive to raise as many food
donations as possible for their local communities.
Beginning in September, which is also Hunger Action Month, each
mom will receive 500 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup to kick start
their campaigns. The moms will work together with local Feeding
America food banks in their hometowns to encourage other members of
the community to help tackle hunger. At the end of the season, the
three moms who generate the most donations for their local food banks
will receive a trip to Tampa during the week of Super Bowl XLIII,
where they’ll help to announce a soup-er donation–one million cans of
Campbell’s(R) soups to Feeding America food banks nationwide!
The group of moms will be led by one of the most recognizable
“Team Moms” in all sports, Wilma McNabb, mother of Philadelphia
Eagles’ quarterback, Donovan McNabb. McNabb came to fame by playing
herself in the Campbell’s Chunky soup “Mama’s Boys” advertising
campaign and now, as President of the PFPMA, will share her spirit and
encouragement with the other moms as they help with the Chunky soup
mission of tackling hunger nationwide.
“One of the guiding principals of the PFPMA is to help the less
fortunate in our communities and we are honored to partner with
organizations like the Campbell Soup Company and Feeding America, who
share the same core values,” said McNabb, President of the PFPMA. “No
one should ever go hungry, and with the help of our hometown friends,
we’re ensuring that people in need in our communities will receive
nourishing soups, like Beef with Country Vegetables which is packed
with lean meat protein.”
Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America said, “We are
extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Campbell Soup
Company, the NFL and the PFPMA. We would not be able to continue our
effort in feeding more than 25 million hungry people each year,
including nearly 9 million children and 3 million seniors, without
this type of support.”
Campbell’s Chunky soup and the NFL have been raising awareness
about hunger in America since 1997 through its ongoing national
campaign, the Campbell’s Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger(R) program. Now in
its 11th year sponsoring the NFL, Campbell’s Chunky soup continues to
remain committed to tackling hunger in America by driving all
donations to local Feeding America network members across the country.
Following is a list of the 35 participating PFPMA moms who will
take part in the “NFL Moms Tackling Hunger with Chunky Soup” program
and their corresponding Feeding America food bank.
MOM CITY FOOD BANK PARTNER ------------------------ ------------------- ------------------------- ALABAMA Kaye Jackson (Hoover, AL) The United Way Community Food Bank, Inc. CALIFORNIA Berma Colbert (Oxnard, CA) Food Share, Inc. Dorothy Glover (Chula Vista, CA) Second Harvest Food Bank of San Diego Alyce Pipkin-Allen (San Diego, CA) Second Harvest Food Bank of San Diego Arlesia Cook (San Diego, CA) Second Harvest Food Bank of San Diego Cheryl Foster (Tustin, CA) Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County FLORIDA Pat Harris (Margate, FL) Daily Bread Food Bank Syliviann Hall (Miramar, FL) Daily Bread Food Bank ILLINOIS Jackie Randel El (Markham, IL) Greater Chicago Food Depository Alicia McCareins (Naperville, IL) Northern Illinois Food Bank LOUISIANA Sandra Moore (Baton Rouge, LA) Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Euwayne Denise Wayne (Gretna, LA) Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana MARYLAND/D.C. Marilyn Pointer (Waldorf, MD) Capital Area Food Bank Zelda Westbrook (Fort Washington, Capital Area Food Bank MD) MICHIGAN Connie Davis (Macomb, MI) Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan MINNESOTA Karen Barber (Plymouth, MN) Second Harvest Heartland MISSOURI Tammy Davis (Florissant, MO) St. Louis Area Foodbank Terri Terrell (St. Louis, MO) St. Louis Area Foodbank NEW JERSEY Michelle Green (Eggharbor TWP, NJ) Food Bank of South Jersey NEVADA Doris Haggans (Las Vegas, NV) Three Square Food Bank NEW YORK Cynthia Smith (Brooklyn, NY) Food Bank For New York City OHIO Jenna Gonzalez (Avon Lake, OH) Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio Diane Bailey (Cleveland, OH) Cleveland Foodbank, Inc. Debbie Whitner (Macedonia, OH) Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank PENNSYLVANIA Linda Harrison (Elkins Park, PA) Philabundance Diane Wells (South Park, PA) Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Christine Johnson (State College, PA) Central Pennsylvania Food Bank SOUTH CAROLINA Delores Grey (Charleston, SC) Lowcountry Food Bank Rev. Dr. Marilyn Porcher (Wando, SC) Lowcountry Food Bank TEXAS Judy Baskett (Clovis, NM) South Plains Food Bank Sharon Stoutmire (Celina, TX) North Texas Food Bank Sheliah Wills-Williams (Grand Prairie, TX) North Texas Food Bank Elizabeth Peprah (McKinney, TX) North Texas Food Bank Janie Harris (Kileen, TX) Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. Felicia Young (Houston, TX) Houston Food Bank
For more information on the Campbell’s Chunky/NFL Tackling
Hunger(R) program or the Professional Football Player’s Mothers
Association, please contact [email protected] or visit www.pfpma.org.
To find a Feeding America food bank affiliate near you or for more
information how you can help, please visit www.feedingamerica.org.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of
high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, 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.” For more information on the company, visit
Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.com.
About Feeding America
(Formerly America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank
Feeding America provides individuals and families facing hunger
with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s largest
domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to
more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children
and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200
member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger through
emergency food assistance and programs. For more information on how
you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
CONTACT: Campbell Soup Company John Faulkner, 856-342-3738 [email protected] or Coyne PR Erin Bobal / Lauren Curtin, 212-938-0166 [email protected] SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company