Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) continues to advance its efforts to measurably improve the health of young people in its hometown of Camden. Since its launch in February 2011, the Campbell Healthy Communities program has supported the development of 36 new venues that sell or distribute healthy food serving approximately 23,000 Camden residents, increased the opportunity for physical activity for children by 75 percent over the past 12 months and supported nearly 200,000 hours of nutrition education.
"We're encouraged by the progress we continue to achieve in our programs, but recognize that we have more work to do as childhood obesity and food insecurity remain tough challenges for our city and across the country," said Kim Fortunato, Director, Campbell Healthy Communities. "We understand that the success of strategic corporate social responsibility programs such as Campbell Healthy Communities depends on many hands across the community playing an active role. Numerous organizations are engaged in building a healthier life for Camden residents. Local hospitals and health care providers, national sports foundations and local chapters of the YMCA, planning commissions and community development and financial institutions - everyone has a role to play."
In 2013, Campbell and its partner organizations identified progress metrics focused on creating more access to fresh foods, increasing physical activity, expanding nutrition education and bringing heightened awareness and utilization of the programs created under the Campbell Healthy Communities framework in Camden. Results to date are making a difference in Camden and include: