MAXTON —Employees at the Campbell Soup plant in Maxton joined more than 3,700 fellow employees this week as volunteers for community projects as part of the company’s annual week of service: Make a Difference Week.
Make a Difference Week projects are focused on building and sustaining healthy communities in places where Campbell operates.
At the Maxton plant, Campbell Soup employees helped provide meals for children.
Local workers took part in a program that 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 shelf-stable items that can be easily prepared into full meals. Officials said 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 3,500 backpacks full of food for children in need.
“Campbell employees around the world are dedicated to making a difference every day,” said Anthony Sanzio, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “This week, thousands of our people will invest their time and talent to help communities thrive.”
Company wide, Campbell employees will participate in a variety of projects including:
Packing meals at the Food Bank of South Jersey, Cathedral Kitchen and Stop Hunger Now;
Revitalizing city parks with Coopers Ferry Partnership;
Cooking and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ, New Visions Homeless Day Shelter and the Salvation Army;
Gleaning produce for donation with the NJ Farmers Against Hunger; and
Restoring neighborhood homes with St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Heart of Camden.
In recognition of the 4,000 hours that will be volunteered during the week, the Campbell Soup Foundation will distribute approximately $80,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations where Campbell employees will volunteer.Campbell expanded national “Make a Difference Day” to “Make a Difference Week” nine years ago after a record number of employees expressed interest in volunteering.