NORWALK, Conn., April 21, 2014 – On Wednesday, April 23, several hundred Pepperidge Farm employees based at the company’s headquarters in Norwalk, will tackle improvements in classrooms at the Nathaniel Ely Elementary School.
The classrooms have been vacant for nearly eight months since the Norwalk Head Start program, which promotes school readiness for children from low-income families, was suspended in fall 2013. Several classrooms of furniture, learning materials and toys are badly in need of improvements before toddlers and preschool students, ages 15 months to 5 years, return to the school on May 5. Nathaniel Ely Elementary School, located in South Norwalk, serves more than 200 children through program.
Volunteers will clean each room and its contents before painting it with bright, stimulating colors. Pepperidge Farm is partnering with the Norwalk Housing Authority on the project, as the agency was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to restart the program. Tools and materials for the day’s work will be generously donated by Home Depot and Behr Paint.
Who: Irene Britt, President, members of the Pepperidge Farm leadership team and several hundred employees
Norwalk Housing Authority
Nathaniel Ely Elementary School administration, students and teachers
What: Refurbishing Head Start classrooms for Norwalk children
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Nathaniel Ely Elementary School, 11 Ingalls Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851
About Pepperidge Farm
Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, is a leading provider of premium quality fresh bakery products, cookies, crackers, and frozen foods. Among the company’s most popular products are Milano® and Sausalito® cookies, Goldfish® crackers, frozen Puff Pastry, frozen garlic loaves and Texas toasts, and more than 50 varieties of fresh baked breads including Pepperidge Farm® Swirl, Farmhouse and Whole Grain and Ecce Panis® artisan breads. Pepperidge Farm was founded in Connecticut in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, an entrepreneurial homemaker who began baking fresh bread for her allergy-afflicted son. Today, the company has eight bakeries and more than 4,000 employees. Pepperidge Farm has been part of Campbell Soup Company since 1961.