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Perdue Farms joins Maryland Food Bank in 'Pack to Give Back, Elect To End Hunger campaign

Associates from Perdue's Corporate Office, above, and Perdue AgriBusiness team up for the Elect To End Hunger effort at the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore Branch in Salisbury, Md. WATCH VIDEO

Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, December 3, 2013) — As part of Perdue Farms’ commitment to fight hunger, company associates and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation are helping the Maryland Food Bank provide food to struggling families on the Eastern Shore this holiday season.

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has awarded the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore a $10,000 grant to fund its annual “Pack To Give Back, Elect to End Hunger” campaign. The monies were used to purchase food that was packed in 1,800 boxes for distribution to families in November and December. Perdue associates joined volunteers from other organizations to pack the boxes with non-perishable food items.

Elect to End Hunger coincides with a statewide effort that begins each summer with the annual Baltimore Orioles Wives’ Food and Funds Drive. The Maryland Food Bank uses funds from the Orioles Wives’ Food and Funds drive to purchase turkeys for the holiday food-packing event. A turkey is included in each box.

“Perdue Farms has been a tremendous partner with the food bank and the Elect to End Hunger campaign,” said Yvonne Terry, Director of Development for the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore. “We’re so grateful for the support of Perdue and its associates and other local business who joined us this year. Because of the financial support of the Foundation, we’re able to purchase the food we need for this effort.”

Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, said, “At Perdue, we believe that in a country as rich in resources as ours, no one should have to go hungry. That is why Perdue partners with Feeding America and its network of community food banks and pantries, of which the Maryland Food Bank is a valued member. We’re pleased to support the Elect to End Hunger program with a grant from the Foundation.

“We know there are more people in our community than most of us would imagine who are not getting enough to eat. It’s a great feeling to join the Maryland Food Bank in an event like this to enable many families to enjoy a holiday meal together,” she said.

Perdue has a 25-plus year partnership with the Maryland Food Bank, including support from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and associate volunteerism. In recent years, the Foundation has helped the Maryland Food Bank fund the launch of a school pantry program in Wicomico County elementary schools, provided funding for a freezer expansion project at the Eastern Shore branch, and issued a challenge grant to engage the Maryland Food Bank, food banks from Virginia and Delaware, and the Delmarva Shorebirds in the annual Perdue Farms Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva food drive.

Perdue also supports Feeding America and its member food banks – including the Maryland Food Bank – through an annual commitment to provide a minimum of 2 million pounds of donated product.

About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank was founded in 1979 as the first food bank on the East Coast. Its mission is to lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders by ending hunger. The Maryland Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. It operates a warehouse in Baltimore County and a facility in Wicomico County. In fiscal year 2013, the Maryland Food Bank distributed more than 4 million pounds of food, the equivalent of almost 3 million meals.

For more information about the Maryland Food Bank, visit www.mdfoodbank.org.

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. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.

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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