Jefferson and Pauly Schools Benefit from “Campbell’s Project Backpack”

May 4, 2016 – It was a sea of red sling bags full of healthy goodies at Jefferson and Pauly Elementary Schools last week as employees from Bolthouse Farms, a division of Campbell Soup Company, made the delivery as part of the company’s “Project Backpack.”

“I see healthy foods in my backpack,” said first grade student Paul Delgado. “It’s important to be healthy because it keeps you strong and I’m happy that Campbell’s gave us this food.”

The company staff spent the month of April filling backpacks with easy-to-prepare meals and healthy snacks. With the help of school staff, a backpack was given to every student. Staff was onsite to talk to students about eating healthy and the importance of community service.

“It’s all about promoting healthy eating, not just during the school week, but during the weekend and after hours,” said Zack Karlen, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Carrot Operations for Campbell’s. “We had a lot of good interaction with the kids and saw a lot of excitement.”

Campbell Soup Company created the program four years ago to celebrate “Make a Difference Week.” When looking for a local community partner for 2016, they chose some of the students at the Bakersfield City School District.

“I think it’s cool that they are giving us healthy food,” said third grade student Skyler Gutierrez. “My favorite healthy food is carrots.”

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Bolthouse Farms employees hand out backpacks and smiles to students at Jefferson Elementary School.

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Zack Karlen, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Carrot Operations for Campbell’s, participated in the giveaway.

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