America's Second Harvest And Campbell's Chunky Soup Declare October Tackling Hunger Month

CAMDEN, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With a simple click of the mouse or a visit to the grocery store throughout the month of October, NFL fans can help generate much-needed donations to help feed America's hungry.

Campbell's(R) Chunky soup and America's Second Harvest today officially announced a partnership to declare October as Tackling Hunger(TM) Month. The organizations hope to generate a donation of up to $700,000 in the month of October for America's Second Harvest affiliates across the country. Tackling Hunger Month is part of Campbell's season-long Tackling Hunger 2002 effort, which aims to raise awareness for the issue of hunger and generate a massive donation to food banks nationwide.

Click for Cans is Back

Participating in Tackling Hunger Month is easy. In addition to the America's Second Harvest partnership, Campbell will re-introduce the popular Click for Cans(TM) program starting October 1. Click for Cans is a unique on- line food drive on the Chunky soup website, www.chunky.com , where fans are encouraged to click on the helmet logo of their favorite NFL team. For every click, Campbell will make a donation of one can of a Campbell's soup in the name of the fan's designated team towards the goal of 5,000,000 cans of soup to food banks in the United States. Click for Cans donations are made over the course of the year to a variety of hunger relief charities across the country, in NFL cities and in many of the 30,000 communities of Campbell retail partners. Click for Cans will run throughout October or until the 5,000,000 can goal is reached.

Campbell's Chunky Soup and America's Second Harvest

On October 13, 2002, fans can check their Sunday paper for a valuable coupon for Campbell's Chunky soup. For each of these Chunky soup coupons redeemed at a local retailer, Campbell's Chunky soup will automatically donate 5 cents to America's Second Harvest up to a total donation of $100,000. Select retailers have also teamed up with Campbell's Chunky soup in several areas to donate an additional 5 cents to a local America's Second Harvest affiliate for each can of Chunky soup [18 oz. or larger] purchased at their stores during a week in October up to a national total of $600,000. Check with your local retailer for details. And every day, more can be done about hunger in your community. To find out how to donate time, money or food to a food bank or food-rescue organization in your area visit www.secondharvest.org .

A Serious Issue

Hunger continues to be a very serious problem in the United States. According to the USDA, more than 33 million Americans do not always know where their next meal will come from, including 13 million children who are affected by hunger. Each year, America's Second Harvest network of local hunger relief agencies distributes more than 1.4 billion pounds of donated food to more than 23 million hungry Americans.

Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger 2002

"We are very excited to kick-off Tackling Hunger Month, especially with a teammate like America's Second Harvest," said Jeremy Fingerman, vice president

  • U.S. Soup. "We are committed to our charge to help tackle hunger, branching out this season by teaming up with retail partners, NFL teams and fans in an effort to raise awareness about hunger. Together with America's Second Harvest, we believe that we can make a difference in communities across America."

Campbell and the NFL have been working together to Tackle Hunger across the country since 1997, generating a five-season total donation of more than 26 million pounds of food that have been donated to hunger-relief charities across the country. Last season alone, the Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger program donated more than 6 million cans of soup. This season, the goal is to surpass that impressive total.

For more information on the Campbell's Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger 2002 program, visit www.chunky.com . To find a local America's Second Harvest hunger relief agency in your neighborhood, visit www.secondharvest.org .

About Campbell Soup Company: Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high quality soup, sauces, beverage, biscuits, confectionery and prepared food products. The company owns a portfolio of more than 20 market-leading businesses each with more than $100 million in sales. They include "Campbell's" soups worldwide, "Erasco" soups in Germany and "Liebig" soups in France, "Pepperidge Farm" cookies and crackers, "V8" and "V8 Splash" juices, "Pace" Mexican sauces, "Prego" pasta sauces, "Franco- American" pastas and gravies, "Swanson" broths, "Homepride" sauces in the United Kingdom, "Arnott's" biscuits in Australia and "Godiva" chocolates around the world. The company also owns dry soup and sauce businesses in Europe under the "Batchelors," "Oxo," "Lesieur," "Royco," "Liebig," "Heisse Tasse," "Bla Band" and "McDonnells" brands. The company is ably supported by 24,000 employees worldwide. For more information on the company, visit Campbell's website on the Internet at www.campbellsoup.com .

America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a national network of more than 200 regional food banks and food-rescue programs, serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It distributes 1.4 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. America's Second Harvest's network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, operating more than 94,000 food programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, women's shelters, Kids Cafes, Community Kitchens. These local organizations provide emergency food assistance to 23 million hungry Americans, including more than nine million children and almost three million seniors each year. For more information, visit the web site at www.secondharvest.org .

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