2016 President's Award
Since their inception in 1869 as a small canning company, Campbell Soup has always found ways to share with those around them and hold close the communities they call home. Through the years, the business has grown far beyond their hometown of Camden, New Jersey, as they entered new markets and acquired new businesses. In each instance, they have carried with the company the same sense of community and responsibility that has been an inherent part of who they are as an organization since the beginning. Today, their community activities span several dozen communities and several continents.
Wherever Campbell Soup operates, the company strives to make innovation a hallmark of their programs. They are committed to developing thoughtful solutions, like their social impact program, Healthy Communities, which focused on increased access to healthier foods, nutrition and physical activity for children in Camden.
The Campbell Soup Company and Foundation has supported the New Jersey Agricultural Society and our programs in a variety of ways through the years. Kelly Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs for the company, served as a trustee and provided valuable insight and advice to our board. The Campbell Soup Foundation has provided critical funding to Farmers Against Hunger which has enabled us to greatly expand our operations in Camden, in providing surplus fresh produce to Camden residents in need. Additionally, teams of Campbell Soup employees have participated in projects during their Make a Difference Week and other times, including gleaning at local farms and packing plants to be sent to the schools in our Learning Through Gardening Program.
Campbell Soup is moving the needle on issues related to health, childhood obesity, and food access by not only funding programs and sending volunteers, but also bringing together people on many levels to discuss common goals, initiatives and solutions. As a result of their annual networking breakfasts, Farmers Against Hunger has been able to build relationships with other non-profit organizations in Camden, including the Student Conservation Association, which has funded an intern for our program for two years and other emergency feeding organizations in Camden who are eager to receive additional fresh produce donations. Their professional development sessions for local non-profit directors and staff help to develop strong leaders and networks which continue to work toward achieving Healthy Communities.
Campbell Soup is a leader, innovator,
and model of social responsibility.
The New Jersey Agricultural Society is honored to present the 2016 President’s Award
to Campbell Soup.