MAXTON — Grants totaling about $68,000 have been given out by the Campbell’s Soup Foundation to three organizations that promote renewable growth, healthy eating and positive lifestyles in the Maxton area.
“Campbell’s is honoring these organizations with strong ties to the community,” said Kate Barrett, senior manager ofCommunity Affairs, Campbell Soup Company, and program manager, Campbell Soup Foundation. “They are supporting nonprofits in Campbell’s footprint. All of them are doing great work.”
Growing Change and Lumbee Land Development Inc. each received almost $30,000. Action for Healthy Kids was given $10,000. Each organization promotes a healthy life through better eating habits, sustainable food production and nutrition education for students and adults.
“All these groups align closely with the foundation’s mission of helping the community give back to the area they serve,” Barrett said.
Town Manager Kate Bordeaux praised the soup company.
“They’ve stepped up to help our community once again,” Bordeaux said.
Maxton is home to a Campbell’s Soup manufacturing facility, where about 900 people work. Campbell is a big supporter of the United Way of Robeson County.
“We have several residents who are employed by them,” Bordeaux said. “It comes as no surprise that they are helping out once again. They like to partner with us. They’ve been so responsive, donating food and sending the Campbell’s Soup Kid for our fall festival.”
Growing Change takes over abandoned prison properties for reuse, and creates continually operational farms and agricultural tutoring. Participants learn conflict-resolution skills and prepare for life outside of school. Students in the program can work toward university degrees in environmental science.
“This is a terrific program, and can help someone learn a trade. You know the biblical story, ‘give a man a fish, he eats today. Teach him to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.’ It’s investing in you,” Bordeaux said. “We’re not giving up on you, showing our belief in you.
“Sometimes we make mistakes,” she said. “But this program is giving an alternative to these people, to see a better way of life. Campbell’s gets that.”
Lumbee Land Development Inc. works with members of the Lumbee Tribe to promote healthy living through good nutrition and physical activity at the Cultural Center.
A two-acre community garden is planned and students are learning methods for planting and growing healthy food. A disk and rake system for a tractor is among the purchases planned with the grant money from Campbell’s.
“Campbell’s is reaching out to the population,” Bordeaux said. “This program is all about teaching growth, eating properly, disease prevention, and increasing physical activity.”
Eight canoes will be bought for the cultural center and playground equipment for small children.
Action for Healthy Kids relies on support from school professionals, community members and volunteers to work with children to keep them healthy and active children.
Children in the program learn about farming and hear about how to be healthy through their diet and lifestyle.
Reach David Bradley at 910 416-5182 or [email protected]