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The Michaels Organization Nfi And Conner Strong Buckelew Donate Over 4600 Cans Of Food To The Food Bank Of South Jersey Through Canstruction Event

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Camden County Councilmembers Visit the TRIAD 1828 Centre in Show of Support 

Camden, NJ, May 2 – Today, members of the Camden City Council joined executives from The Michaels Organization, NFI, and Conner Strong & Buckelew to put the finishing touches on a giant structure made entirely out of donated food as part of a local Canstruction event, benefitting the Food Bank of South Jersey.

“This food drive and participation in Canstruction event are a true testament to the TRIAD partners’ commitment to the Camden community and to giving back,” said Mark Morgan, Chief Operating Officer of The Michaels Organization. “Teammates from each organization have diligently worked together to donate an incredible amount of food, and to assemble this fun structure to showcase that commitment in action.”

The structure, an alien and rocket ship designed and planned by Urban Practice – The Michaels Organization’s strategic partner for architectural services who are also headquartered in the TRIAD Centre -- complements the “Send Hunger to a Galaxy Far, Far Away” theme of this year’s local Canstruction competition. 

Camden City Council members, Vice Chair Sheila Davis, Councilmember Jannette Ramos, Councilman Chris Collins, and Councilman Falio Leyba-Martinez were on hand to thank the employees of all three companies and to add the last few cans to the “alien.”

“To the partners, this is absolutely amazing, your organizations are phenomenal in all you do for the City of Camden,” Councilman Collins said. 

“We're proud to be a part of the City of Camden,” said Jeff Brown, President & Vice Chairman of NFI. “Since moving our headquarters in 2019, our teams have been involved in supporting the community. Events like this echo our value of social responsibility and how we can continue to support the people who call this city home."

Kristine Klepper, Executive Partner with Conner Strong, said “We are all so grateful to the City of Camden for being so welcoming to us, and we thank all of our employees for really living our core value of giving back and helping the community.” 

The structure will remain in the TRIAD Centre lobby for the day and then  NFI will deliver the donated food items to the Deptford Mall, where it will be re-constructed for the formal competition. 

The donated cans benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey after the formal competition at the Deptford Mall on May 4th. 

PHOTO: (from left) Camden City Council Vice Chair Davis, NFI President Jeff Brown, Michaels COO Mark Morgan, City Councilwoman Ramos, the Canned Alien, Councilmember Chris Collins, Conner Strong Executive Partner Kristine Klepper, Food Bank of South Jersey representatives, Kristin DeJesus, Lavinia Awosanya and Mari Kehoe. Photo by Rob Smith/The Michaels Organization 

About The Michaels Organization
Michaels is a national leader in residential real estate, offering full-service capabilities in design, development, property management, construction, and investment management. Serving 200,000 residents in more than 600 communities across 39 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Michaels is committed to crafting attainable housing solutions that jumpstart education, civic engagement and neighborhood prosperity, and to creating Communities That Lift Lives. Visit our Media Room, and follow us on LinkedIn.

About NFI
NFI is a fully-integrated North American supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Camden, New Jersey. Privately held by the Brown family since 1932, the company generates more than $3.5 billion in annual revenue and employs over 16,800 associates. NFI owns and operates more than 70 million square feet of warehouse space alongside a dedicated fleet of 4,900 tractors and 13,700 trailers. In 2024, the company will operate the first 100% zero-emission drayage fleet, leading the transition to zero-emission goods movement in the United States. NFI’s relentless innovation and unparalleled service deliver logistics solutions that transform the way business gets done. The company’s business lines include dedicated transportation, warehousing and distribution, eCommerce fulfillment, brokerage, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and industrial real estate. For more information about NFI, visit or call 1-877-NFI-3777.

About Conner Strong & Buckelew
Conner Strong & Buckelew is among America’s largest insurance, risk management, and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. For more information, visit

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