Campbell's Chunky today donated 26,400 cans of soup — equivalent to 52,800 bowls — to the Freestore Foodbank as the final part of the "2019 Tackle Hunger" program, a partnership between Campbell Soup Company and the Cincinnati Bengals.
As part of the hunger relief program, Campbell donated 30 cans of soup for every Bengals defensive tackle during the 2019 regular season. The Bengals finished 2019 with 1076 tackles on defense, and maxed out the donation with two weeks remaining in their season. This year's donation topped last season's (25,000) by 1400 cans.
"We are proud to partner with Campbell's Chunky soup to raise awareness for the fight against hunger," said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. "Every tackle makes a difference, and our defensive players helped turn this into a big donation for the Freestore Foodbank."
Bengals WR A.J. Green was on hand today to present his team's donation at the Freestore Foodbank's Mayerson Distribution Center. Green's mother, Dora, joined him at the donation, as did representatives from Kroger and the La Salle High School football team, which finished its 2019 season 13-2 and won the Ohio Division II State Championship.
Bengals WR A.J. Green was on hand Thursday, Jan. 23 to present his team's donation at the Freestore Foodbank's Mayerson Distribution Center. Campbell's Chunky® soup is donating more than 50,000 bowls of soup to the Freestore Foodbank, as part of the "Tackle Hunger" program, a partnership between Campbell Soup Company and the Bengals.
"The Tackle Hunger Program reminds us that we can all be Champions in our respective communities by playing a role in making real food more accessible to those who need it most," said John Frommeyer, Customer Vice President – Kroger, Campbell Soup Company. "Campbell's Chunky is proud to support this program for the sixth year in a row and to work with outstanding organizations, such as Kroger, the Cincinnati Bengals and Freestore Foodbank, who share our passion for the Cincinnati community."
Added Freestore Foodbank CEO Kurt Keiber: "In our fight against hunger, it's all about teamwork. After the holidays, we are challenged to restock our pantries' shelves with nutritious food. Campbell and the Bengals have once again teamed up to tackle hunger and provide some wonderful Campbell's soup to our Tri-State neighbors to help get them through this cold winter weather. This donation allows us to tell the story of hunger's impact on our community. With teammates like Campbell and the Bengals, we know that we can solve hunger."
The program is also supported by Kroger, as part of their local community "Zero Hunger | Zero Waste" initiative.
"Campbell, the Freestore Foodbank and the Cincinnati Bengals are great partners as we work to end hunger in our communities by 2025," said Erin Rolfes, corporate affairs manager, Cincinnati-Dayton division, The Kroger Co. "Kroger is committed to ensuring everyone has access to healthy food, and this program is one more step toward that goal."