In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made an initial commitment to support local organizations as they manage both the social and economic impact of the crisis. With so many in need across North America, this assistance is needed more than ever, and to-date, we have contributed $5 million in food and financial support.
Giving back to our community is core to who we are as a company. Our approach to giving is rooted in our values and helps us deliver on the promise of our purpose, Real food that matters for life’s moments.
Acts of kindness from our employees
In addition to our corporate support for food and funding, our employees have been finding creative ways to give back and help those in need in their own neighborhoods.
In Philadelphia, Kyle from our Marketing team was inspired by the work of a friend who was providing meals from local restaurants to hospital workers across the city. Kyle purchased a variety of our products to include in care packages for nurses at Temple University Hospital.
At one of our soup plants in Paris, Texas, an employee has been using funds from premium payments to provide food to a local food bank at their church.
Providing snacks for local healthcare staff
In Norwalk, Conn., at one of our Campbell Snacks locations, where most employees are working remotely, it became clear that a few products from our company store would go unused. The team donated this food, including Goldfish crackers and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, to medical workers and support staff at the Norwalk Hospital.
Food from the company store at our headquarters in Camden, N.J. was also donated to local hospitals, providing staff with meals and snacks in Camden and Philadelphia.
Supporting retail coffee workers across the country
Campbell’s Foodservice team, which provides Pacific Food’s Barista series of plant-based beverages to coffee shops and other retailers, has been working to support coffee workers across the United States. Retail coffee workers have been hit hard by the economic fallout of the pandemic, with many being laid off when coffee shops closed. The team was able to shift marketing dollars toward donations and coupons, totaling over $30,000, which will be used to purchase food to distribute to coffee workers in need.
A long history of helping those in need
We’ve weathered many storms since our first plant opened in Camden, N.J. in 1869, and our commitment to providing food for our communities always been a part of our history.
Most recently, in early March, our Meals & Beverages team postponed their National Sales Meeting in Orlando because of travel restrictions we put in place due to the pandemic. The postponement left our team with a large supply of unused Campbell’s product that was originally ordered for the meeting. It was at that same time that catastrophic tornadoes touched down in Nashville, leaving many displaced from their homes and in need of resources. Our Community Affairs team was able to quickly redirect the product to Tennessee to donate 1,466 pounds of product to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Cookeville.
We’re proud of our people who are going above and beyond to do their part in their hometown communities across North America.
Learn more about how we’re supporting our communities, how our community partners are adapting their operations to meet the increased need, and how our Community Impact Grants are helping with COVID-19 relief.