Week-Long Effort Focuses on Reducing Hunger and Childhood Obesity
CAMDEN, N.J., Oct 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) is expecting a record-breaking turnout of employees who will participate in the company’s annual week of service, “Make a Difference Week,” which consists of 90 volunteer projects across the region this year. Approximately 1,200 employees, will participate in activities to support Campbell’s commitment to improving the health of young people by reducing hunger and childhood obesity. Campbell’s “Make a Difference Week” will result in over 3,600 employee service hours and $50,000 in grants to partner non-profits.
As part of its “Nourishing Our Neighbors” community program, Campbell employees will participate in projects ranging from sorting and boxing food at the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken and at Philabundance in Philadelphia; prepping community gardens with the Camden Children’s Garden and gleaning produce for donation at local farms with Farmers Against Hunger. Campbell’s executive leadership team also will be prepping and serving nutritious lunches to elementary school students at Holy Name School in Camden and leading physical activities with the children there.
Campbell is also partnering with Feeding America as part of a national backpack program taking place in nine of our locations across the country, including Napoleon, Ohio, Sacramento, Calif., Milwaukee, Wis., Richmond, Va. and Aiken, S.C. Employees will fill backpacks with food that will sustain a child for a weekend to be distributed to families in need.
Campbell expanded national “Make a Difference Day” to “Make a Difference Week” five years ago after a record number of employees expressed interest in volunteering. The following is a list of highlighted local activities for “Make a Difference Week.”
Monday, Oct. 24Holy Name School700 N. 5th StreetCamden, N.J.10:00 a.m. – NoonVolunteers will prep and serve lunch to students and participate in physical activities for the youth.
Tuesday, Oct. 25Farmers Against HungerStrawberry Hill Farm3 Waln RoadChesterfield Township, N.J.11:00 a.m. – NoonVolunteers will “glean” an area farm by harvesting nutritionally sound produce. The produce will be donated to feeding programs in Camden.
Tuesday, Oct. 25Cathedral Kitchen1514 Federal StreetCamden, N.J.9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Volunteers will make sandwiches, trail mix and pack lunches for distribution to local shelters and the homeless throughout Camden.
Wednesday, Oct. 26Philabundance3616 S. Galloway StreetPhiladelphia, Pa.12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Volunteers will pack food boxes with meat and produce and bag bulk rice and beans.
Thursday, Oct. 27MANNA2323 Ranstead StreetPhiladelphia, Pa.1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Volunteers will prep and package meals for home delivery to people with life-threatening illnesses.
Friday, Oct. 28Neighborhood Center278 Kaighns AvenueCamden, N.J.9 a.m. – NoonVolunteers will be participating in various renovation projects including painting, replacing 30 feet of concrete sidewalk and repairing a fence surrounding the facility.
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 http://www.campbellsoup.com.
SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup CompanyAmanda Bauman, 856-342-5264215-756-7971 (cell)orBellevue CommunicationsSusan Buehler, 215-893-4284
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