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When heavy is good

Jacksonville Jaguars veteran defensive end Hugh Douglas and defensive tackle John Henderson took part in the Campbell's Chunky/ NFL Tackling Hunger 2003 program today at ALLTEL Stadium.

The two athletes took their seats on an oversized soupspoon scale balanced by cases of Campbell's Chunky soup with 10 times their combined weight being donated in cans of soup to Jacksonville's LSS Second Harvest Food Bank. Together, Douglas and Henderson had 8,060 cans (671 cases) of soup donated to the food bank on their behalf.

Members of the local media were encouraged to take part in the worthwhile effort as Chunky promised to donate their "straight weight" in cans of soup to the food bank.

Media members who participated included: WOKV's Cole Pepper, Fox/ CBS sports anchor Jordan Siegel and First Coast News sports camera man Mike Kaminski all weighed in for the cause. Through the efforts of the players and media members, Campbell's donated 9,638 cans of soup on their behalf. In all, 10,987 pounds of food was donated to Jacksonville's LSS Second Harvest Food Bank, surpassing last year's total by 650 pounds.

Tackling Hunger 2003 is a season-long program that begins in the summer with the NFL pre-season weigh-ins. During the summer months, food banks experience a drop off in food donations, so the weigh-in programs come at a crucial time of the year. Campbell's also leads nationwide initiatives throughout the NFL season to support the fight against hunger and help communities tackle hunger as well.

Since 1997, Campbell's and the NFL have worked together to tackle hunger resulting in over 32 million pounds of food being distributed to food banks across the nation. During the 2003 campaign, Campbell's hopes to donate more than 6 million cans of Chunky soup to those in need.

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