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In 1973, Campbell's Soup Company launched a program to help families improve their local schools. By saving the labels from soup cans, they gained points that schools could use for equipment and supplies. Since then, America's schools and organizations have earned over $114 million dollars worth of merchandise through the Labels For Education program.
Anyone who has been involved with a public school probably gets that nagging feeling whenever they throw away a Campbell's can without slicing off the label first---even if they don't have a school to give it to. It's just one of those funny American culture things; and since I'm on the subject of culture, here's five things you might not know about saving Campbell's Soup labels...
1. It's Not Just Soup.
Labels for Education can be found on lots of products like beverages and cereal. There are over 2,500 products that carry an eligible label. You can check out this product list for all participating brands and items.
In fact, I found lots of products at Walmart that participate in the Labels For Education program. I bought some marinara sauce for my meatballs the other night and was happy to see the program info on the back of the jar. You can find coupons for participating items by visiting the site.
2. It's Not Just For Public Schools.
Many people don't realize that the Labels For Education program also benefits homeschooling organizations, private schools, libraries, day care centers, and more. Check out the site's FAQ for a list of eligible organizations.
3. It's Not Just Labels.
While most products have you saving the UPC portion of the label, on other things, like beverages or sauce, it's the cap you'll hold on to. Just look for the orange Labels For Education logo on the label to see if it's eligible.
4. It's Not Just For People with Young Kids
Grandparents and friends can save labels too. Put a manila envelope somewhere for collecting and, once it's full, either give it to a kid you know or mail it in to your local school. You'll be able to track the school's progress, as well as see what they're wishing for, on the program's website.
5. It's Not Just For Food.
Some non-food items, like Bic pens and highlighters, also carry the labels. Again, check the product list for a full line up of participating brands. Make sure to check out the Labels For Education sweepstakes where 1,000 schools will win $1,000!
Remember that meatball dinner I told you about? Well, it was delicious! Here's a recipe for Italian meatballs that go well with Prego marinara.
Italian Meatballs (makes about 40)1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1/4 c. finely chopped onions
1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350º. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and then form the mixture into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for one hour. Remove from fridge and form into golf-ball sized balls. Arrange them on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes, until done in the middle. Serve with marinara sauce and pasta. Yum!