Weeklong Effort Focuses on Building Healthy Communities
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 13, 2015–
Nearly 3,000 Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) employees will
volunteer in more than 90 community projects as part of “Make a
Difference Week,” Campbell’s annual week of service, which begins
Monday, April 13. Projects will take place around Campbell’s World
Headquarters in Camden and 13 of the company’s U.S. locations.
As part of the company’s week of service, Campbell’s executive team,
including President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Morrison, will
create garden beds and plant vegetables at the Salvation Army Ray and
Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden. These gardens will provide
fresh produce for the Kroc Center’s food pantry. In addition, Campbell
chefs will provide cooking demonstrations to Kroc Center members
featuring the vegetables that will be planted in the raised beds.
Other Camden-based projects where Campbell employees will participate
Packing meals at the Food Bank of South Jersey, MANNA (Metropolitan
AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and Philabundance in
Cleaning the Delaware River Bank with the New Jersey Center for
Cooking and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ
and New Visions Homeless Day Shelter;
Building shelving for the feeding program at the Neighborhood Center
in Camden; and
Providing nutrition education to local students of Camden’s Pride
Charter Elementary School.
“Giving back is an integral part of who we are and what we believe in,”
said Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Public
Affairs. “Our employees invest more than just time and passion–they
contribute their talents and expertise to build and sustain healthy
communities where they live and work, starting right here in Camden.”
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 Maxton,
N.C. 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 fresh produce and nutritionally sound shelf-stable items
that can be easily prepared into full meals. The objective is to provide
enough food to sustain one child through the weekend in each backpack.
Filled backpacks will be donated to local food banks, elementary schools
and recreation centers. Campbell expects to collect more than 2,000
backpacks full of food for children in need.
In recognition of the 4,000 hours that will be volunteered during the
week, the Campbell Soup Foundation will distribute approximately $50,000
in grants to nonprofit organizations where Campbell employees will
Campbell expanded national “Make a Difference Day” to “Make a Difference
Week” eight 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, April 13
Center for Aquatic Sciences
Jackson Street and Ferry Avenue
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers will comb the Delaware
River Bank removing trash, floatable plastics and styrofoam.
Tuesday, April 14
Visions Homeless Day Shelter
555b Atlantic Avenue
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Volunteers will cook and serve
breakfast to approximately 100 homeless Camden residents.
Monday, April 20
Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
executive team, including President and Chief Executive Officer Denise
Morrison, will build raised garden beds and plant vegetables. Campbell
chefs will conduct a cooking demonstration for Kroc Center members.
Campbell’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategies are designed to
deliver measureable 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 (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food
that matters for life’s moments.” The company makes a range of products
from high-quality soups and simple meals to snacks and healthy
beverages. For generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide
authentic, flavorful and readily available foods and beverages that
connect them to each other, to warm memories, and to what’s important
today. Led by its iconic Campbell’s brand, the company’s
portfolio includes Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, Bolthouse Farms, V8,
Swanson, Prego, Pace, Plum Organics, Arnott’s, Tim Tam, Royal Dansk and
Kjeldsens. Founded in 1869, Campbell has a heritage of giving
back and acting as a good steward of the planet’s natural resources. The
company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoupcompany.com
or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.
Source: Campbell Soup Company
Susan Buehler, 215-893-4284
856-342-5264 / 215-756-7971 (cell)