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$5,500 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps United Way of Central Georgia fund community garden in Macon, Ga.

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Josh Cannon, quality assurance manager at Perdue’s Perry, Ga., facility and who serves on the United Way of Central Georgia board of directors, presents a $5,500 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to George McCanless, president and C&O of the United Way of Central Georgia.
Macon, Ga. (Thursday, August 21, 2014) — Perdue Farms, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the company’s charitable giving arm, has awarded a $5,500 grant to the United Way of Central Georgia to help fund construction of a community garden as part of a new multi-purpose outdoor facility at Ingram-Pye Elementary School in Macon. A ground-breaking ceremony for the project was held Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the school.

The United Way of Central Georgia, in conjunction with Leadership Macon, has partnered with the Bibb County School System and the school to construct the multi-purpose facility for the school and community. In addition to the community garden, the project will consist of a playground area and ball field.

Perdue Farms and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation are joint sponsors of the garden along with Macon/Bibb Consolidated Government.

“This neighborhood initiative of the United Way of Central Georgia is a wonderful program to better a community in which our associates live and work,” said Josh Cannon, quality assurance manager for Perdue Farm’s Perry, Ga., operation and United Way board member.  “Our investment to create a community garden, we believe, will have long-lasting effects in these neighborhoods. Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation are honored to be a part of this ground-breaking program here.”

“I’m delighted that United Way, Leadership Macon, GE Capital, Perdue Farms, Macon Roots, and other partners have all come together to support Ingram-Pye Elementary and the surrounding community,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “This will be a place for students and families from the entire area to gather for activities and to learn about healthy eating.”

The garden will consist of raised beds, drip irrigation systems, storage benches, solar lighting, and an outdoor classroom. In addition, a garden will be open to all community members wanting to cultivate a garden for themselves, their community or for profit. There will also be a portion set aside for students at Ingram-Pye that will serve to engage students year round in activities to promote gardening and healthy food choices.

“Today’s announcement is a great example of what can be accomplished for this community through collective impact,” said George McCanless, president and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “By working together, we are able to turn a plain field into an asset that will facilitate learning and healthier living for both the students at Ingram-Pye as well as the residents in surrounding neighborhoods. Going forward this is a model we will work to duplicate in other neighborhoods in central Georgia.”

About United Way of Central Georgia
United Way of Central Georgia is a leading funder of health and human services that have a measurable impact in fourteen Central Georgia counties and improve the lives of more than 190,000 local people annually. The annual campaign supports 50 programs of 32 local Partner Agencies.  United Way of Central Georgia also funds a free, confidential seven-days a week, 24-hours a day information and referral line serving all of Central Georgia.  Simply dial 2-1-1 to find or give help. To learn more about what United Way of Central Georgia is doing for the community, visit our website at www.unitedwaycg.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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