CAMDEN, NJ - Eleven organizations with operations in Camden are receiving grants as part of $1.5 million handed out by Campbell Soup Company's Healy Communities program.

The Campbell Soup Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three key areas: increasing healthy food access; encouraging healthy living; and nurturing Campbell neighborhoods. The Campbell’s Healthy Communities program is focused on improving the health of young people in communities where Campbell has operations.

The New Jersey grantees include the Center for Environmental Transformation, which educates community members in Camden about urban agriculture, with a specific project focused on building, maintaining and teaching in school gardens; The Greater Philadelphia YMCA, a longtime partner in Camden, which implements Soccer For Success, a city-wide after-school soccer program that incorporates physical activity, education about healthy living and family engagement; and Wellness in the Schools, which works in Camden schools to bring healthier food to kids, with a focus on nutrition education and menu change in the cafeteria.

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“We are proud of our 150-year history of giving back to the communities in which we operate,” said Kim Fortunato, President, Campbell Soup Foundation and Director, Community Affairs. “Campbell and our Foundation are a powerful community partner not only in Camden but in many Campbell communities. In addition to financial support, we are proud of our strong volunteer engagement program that supports our community partners in a variety of ways."

Founded in 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation provides financial support to local organizations that inspire positive change in communities throughout the U.S. While the Foundation places an emphasis on Camden,  the site of Campbell’s World Headquarters and birthplace of its namesake soup business, its funding also supports other Campbell communities nationally. 

A full list of New Jersey grantees include

  • Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Center for Environmental Transformation
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Food Bank of South Jersey
  • The Food Trust
  • FoodCorps
  • The Greater Philadelphia YMCA
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • Share Our Strength
  • The Tides Foundation
  • Wellness in the Schools

Other grant recipients nationwide include:

  • Charlotte Food Policy Council
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Foundation
  • Communities in Schools - Robeson County
  • Community Food Action at New Settlement Apartments
  • Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation
  • Edible Schoolyard NYC
  • GoNoodle
  • Partners for Healthy Schools
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • United Way of Henry County