Camden, N.J. – June 25, 2019 – In 1994, the NBC hit television series, “Friends”, made its debut. Another “friendship” launched the same year between UrbanPromise and Campbell Soup Foundation.
Campbell Soup Foundation has supported UrbanPromise’s community-based work with youth for 25 years, providing substantial financial and volunteer support. The organizations found common ground in their commitment to inspiring positive change in the City of Camden through initiatives that encourage healthy living through nutrition education and active lifestyle programming.
Since 1994, Campbell Soup Foundation has provided UrbanPromise with 45 grants totaling nearly $780,000. Most of these funds support summer programming, including camps held across several of Camden’s neighborhoods, and youth employment opportunities. The Foundation supports a variety of other UrbanPromise initiatives including college tours, in-kind contributions for silent auctions and food distributions, and a culinary training program for teens and young adults.
Substantial contributions have also been made to major capital campaigns, most recently in support of a full-service kitchen and cafeteria, which was part of the complete overhaul of a 15,000-square foot community facility.
In addition to the Foundation’s financial contributions, Campbell employees have participated in various volunteer projects with UrbanPromise including short- and long-term skills-based volunteer opportunities, hosting UrbanPromise youth for career tours, and donating items for our programs.
“The work of UrbanPromise simply would not be possible without committed partners like Campbell Soup Foundation. We’re thankful for their commitment to the people of Camden and programs like ours,” shared Bruce Main, president of UrbanPromise.
“The Campbell Soup Foundation is honored to be a long-time partner of UrbanPromise.” said Kim Fortunato, president of Campbell Soup Foundation. “It has deep roots in the Camden community and continuously implements great programming for the kids and families it serves. We look forward to many more years of strengthening and empowering healthy communities with UrbanPromise.”
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food that matters for life’s moments.” For generations, people have trusted Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and affordable snacks, soups and simple meals, and beverages. 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. To learn more about how we make our food and the choices behind the ingredients we use, visit www.whatsinmyfood.com.
About UrbanPromise Ministries
UrbanPromise is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and youth with the supports they need to succeed academically, grow spiritually, and prepare for leadership that will bring positive change to their communities. This is accomplished through after-school programs, summer camps, job training, two schools, experiential learning, and a host of other enrichment activities. To learn more, please visit www.urbanpromiseusa.org.
Lindsey Markelz, Grants Officer,
Tom Hushen, Associate Director,
Campbell Soup Company