|Perdue associates and volunteers show off the trash and debris they removed at a site near Princess Anne, Md., as part of Perdue’s Project Clean Stream initiative.|
Salisbury, Md. (Monday, June 2, 2014) — Nearly 900 Perdue Farms’ associates, their family members and friends across 11 states joined forces to help protect and enhance the environment in the communities in which they live and work during the seventh annual companywide environmental sustainability initiative called Project Clean Stream.
Perdue volunteers, organizing local cleanups across several Saturdays in April and May, removed a record 74,600 pounds of trash and debris from streams, ditches, roadways and parks at 52 sites in 11 states, including the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watersheds on the Delmarva Peninsula. Their bounty included such items as bicycles, tires, toys, mattresses, bottles, televisions, paper products, and much more. Clean-up sites were located in California, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
“Our associates’ participation says a lot about their willingness to give back and our commitment to environmental stewardship at Perdue Farms,” said Jeff Smith, director of environmental services at Perdue and Project Clean Stream coordinator. “They invest a great deal of time and energy into their work and are still eager to volunteer their time on a day off to participate in a project that benefits their community and helps protect the environment.”
In Monterey, Tenn., 65 volunteers removed 18,595 pounds of trash from the local environment to lead all volunteer teams. “Project Clean Stream is important to our associates because they can physically see that they are making a difference in the local community. I like the fact that you can take even a small number of people and with a little teamwork and make a significant impact,” said Monterey associate and event organizer Patty Kennedy.
In Georgia, associates harvested more than 11,000 pounds of trash at site cleanups in Perry and Gainesville. In Maryland, nearly 9,000 pounds of debris was removed from the banks of Mitchell Pond in Salisbury, Md., site of the company’s first Project Clean Stream cleanup in 2008. In Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, associates at Perdue’s Bridgewater operations collected 4,700 pounds of trash, while in eastern North Carolina associates removed more than 4,400 pounds of trash and debris in Lewiston, Kenly and Candor.
“Project Clean Stream is an important effort primarily due to the larger number of facilities and associates in the Perdue Farms’ family that participate,” said Katelyn MacCann, a Perdue Project Clean Stream coordinator based in Westover, Md. “Our hope is that the communities we clean up in during this effort will see the positive impact and want to join us in creating a better environment.”
About Project Clean Stream
Project Clean Stream was launched in 2004 by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland as a grass-roots effort to clean up waterways and shorelines in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Perdue joined the volunteer project in 2008 with 30 volunteers. Perdue has supported the Alliance and Project Clean since 2008 through funding provided by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue.
“What the Alliance is really trying to build is environmental stewards,” said Al Todd, executive director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. “Business has been a big part of that and there’s nobody better than Perdue, who’s been our partner for more than seven years through the volunteer efforts of their associates and through financial support.”
In 2011, Perdue expanded the Project Clean Stream concept across the company to encourage associates to organize similar clean-up efforts in their communities. Since 2008, associates have harvested more than 120 tons of trash and debris from local ponds, streams, roadways and parks.
“We’re extremely proud of our associates who have come together at many of our major Perdue Perdue Farms’ facilities – both in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and across the country – to tackle local Clean Stream projects and exemplify our company commitment to being a good corporate citizen,” said Steve Schwalb, vice president of environmental sustainability at Perdue Farms.
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®, 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.