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Perdue partners with Rivers Alive in annual Georgia waterway beautification project

Georgia Rivers Alive
Melissa Molaison, Perdue environmental manager in Perry, Ga., presents a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to members of the Georgia Rivers Alive Board of Directors.

Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, November 21, 2013) — Perdue Farms, through a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping Rivers Alive of Georgia fund its annual volunteer effort to beautify the state’s waterways.

“Over the years, we’ve had some great sponsors for our river cleanup program and Perdue is continuing the trend,” said Harold Harbert, outreach manager of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch.

“Not only does Perdue support Rivers Alive, they also organize their own successful waterway cleanups.”

As Harbert explains, volunteers throughout Georgia are spending fall weekends this year cleaning up the state’s many rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The cleanup is the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources.

“Partnerships with local, grassroots environmental groups and programs such as Rivers Alive enable us to provide support to worthwhile projects while also giving our associates volunteer opportunities,” said Melissa Molaison, Environmental Manager at Perdue’s operations in Perry and a Rivers Alive board member. “At Perdue, we’re committed to being a trustworthy corporate citizen and a conscientious steward of the environment. We’re proud that Perdue is able to lend its support both through this grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and through the volunteer efforts of our associates here in Perry.”

Perdue volunteers and their family members joined others from the community on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Houston County for a cleanup at Knowles Landing on the Ocmulgee River. 

About Rivers Alive
Rivers Alive is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.  The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. There are more than 70,150 miles of streams and rivers in Georgia that provide for drinking water and recreational activities. 
Volunteers and sponsors removed 350 tons of trash from rivers and streams last year alone. More than 200 groups composed of 29,000 volunteers devoted about 100,000 hours of their time.
Rivers Alive was created in 1999.  Over the past 15 years, Rivers Alive has also worked to educate people on the importance of protecting local water resources.  The focus this year is to make the connection to our coastal water, by celebrating our tradition of volunteering to clean our watersheds. Materials and activities for volunteers, organizers, community leaders and schoolteachers can be found on the Rivers Alive website at www.RiversAlive.com.

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products.

About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.


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