Weeklong Effort Focuses on Building Healthy Communities
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 8, 2014–
More than 3,000 Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) employees will
volunteer approximately 4,500 service hours as part of “Make a
Difference Week,” Campbell’s annual week of service which takes place
Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. Employees from across the
United States, including three-quarters of Campbell’s staff
headquartered in Camden, will participate in more than 70 volunteer
projects throughout the week. Campbell will also distribute $50,000 in
grants to nonprofits based on employees’ volunteer time through the
company’s Dollars for Doers program.
As part of the company’s week of service, Campbell’s President and Chief
Executive Officer Denise Morrison and her team will work with the New
Jersey Tree Foundation to plant 40 trees at a local Camden elementary
school to help improve air quality, alleviate flooding, provide shade in
the area and improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood.
Campbell employees will sort and box food and package meals at the Food
Bank of South Jersey, MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition
Alliance) and Philabundance in Philadelphia; volunteer with local
reading programs and schools; prepare and serve meals at the Ronald
McDonald House and Cathedral Kitchen; clean and maintain churches and
community centers in Camden; build raised bed community vegetable
gardens and more.
“Campbell’s most inspiring achievements are not measured in dollars, but
in the spirit of our employees who volunteer thousands of hours to build
and sustain healthy communities,” said Morrison. “From the C-suite to
the plant floor, Campbell’s people are motivated to enhance the quality
of life in the areas where we live and work, starting right here in
In addition to projects across the Delaware Valley, Campbell is running
a kids’ backpack program at several of its sites across the country,
including its plants in Napoleon, Ohio, Bloomfield, Conn. and Lakeland,
Fla. The program aims to supply a backpack full of food to youth who are
on the National School Lunch Program during the school week, but do not
know where their next meal is coming from on the weekend. The backpacks
are filled with shelf-stable items from seven different food categories,
ranging from protein to fruits and vegetables that are easy to prepare
and nutritionally sound. The goal is to provide enough food to sustain
one child through the weekend in each backpack. Campbell expects to
collect more than 3,000 backpacks full of food for children in need.
Campbell expanded national “Make a Difference Day” to “Make a Difference
Week” seven 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”:
Tuesday, April 8
Harry C. Sharp Elementary School
North 32nd Street
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
will plant new trees around the school in collaboration with the NJ Tree
Foundation; Campbell’s executive leadership team will be participating.
Wednesday, April 9
Food Bank of South Jersey
John Tipton Blvd.
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
will sort and box food.
Thursday, April 10
Center for Family Services Head Start
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
will read to Head Start students.
3616 S. Galloway Street
p.m. – 3 p.m.
Volunteers will sort and box food.
Friday, April 11
Center for Family Services
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
will create, fill and paint raised bed vegetable gardens.
Campbell’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategies are designed to
deliver measurable impacts in four key areas: Our Consumers, Our Planet,
Our Employees and Our Community. To learn more visit www.campbellsoupcompany.com/csr.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality
foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, snacks and healthy
beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of
market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,”
“Arnott’s,” “V8,” “Bolthouse Farms,” “Plum Organics” and “Kjeldsens.”
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
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Source: Campbell Soup Company
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