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Perdue Farms support of Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia provides 40,000 meals

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Kim Nechay, center, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, presents a $10,000 grant to the Eastern Shore Branch of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia in Tasley, Va, on Thursday, April 3. Perdue Farms also delivered 20,000 pounds of chicken products to the Foodbank. Both gifts support the Mobile Pantry Program. From left to right are Marianne Smith Vargas, chief philanthropy officer for the Foodbank, Charmin Horton, Eastern Shore branch manager, Nechay, Bel Holden, Perdue human resource manager in Accomac, and Kevin Dennis, drector of Perdue operations in Accomac.

Salisbury, Md. (Monday, April 7, 2014) - The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, delivered a $10,000 grant to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to support the Mobile Pantry Program serving Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Perdue Farms also delivered 20,000 pounds of lean protein products as part of the donation. This combined contribution will enable the Foodbank to distribute close to 40,000 meals to children, seniors, and families facing hunger in Northampton and Accomack counties.

“Perdue has supported the Foodbank for over two decades and this latest gift demonstrates their continued passion and support of the goal to solve hunger in our community,” said Marianne Smith Vargas, chief philanthropy officer for the Foodbank. “Being able to distribute healthy items like lean chicken is critical because it is a great source of protein that our customers need in their daily diet, but often have to go without.”

"The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and its board of directors are proud to be able to support the Foodbank and its important outreach – the Mobile Pantry," said Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. "Having a Mobile Pantry Program could mean the difference between a family in need receiving much needed food and supplies or going hungry, especially in an area as rural as Accomack County. We think it is so important that we have brought along 20,000 pounds of Perdue products to make sure that healthy protein is a part of every meal that this Mobile Pantry Program distributes to our neighbors in need," said Nechay.

Low-income families often do not have sufficient access to emergency food resources and the Mobile Pantry Program is one way the Foodbank is addressing this issue across its service area. Taking a specialized refrigerated truck filled with both dry and fresh items to specific locations five days per week, last year alone the Foodbank distributed more than 952,000 meals through this program. Currently, on the Eastern Shore, there are two monthly Mobile Pantry distributions with a third being added soon.

About The Foodbank Of Southeastern Virginia And The Eastern Shore
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America® and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for those facing hunger since 1981. To date, we have distributed over 215 million meals throughout our service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org.

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


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