|The 2014 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva raised 148,000 meals this year. Announcing the campaign results at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., on Friday, Aug. 29 are, from left, Charmin Horton, Foodbank of the Eastern Shore of Virginia branch manager, Jennifer Small, Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore branch director, Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, and Jimmy Sweet, general manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, August 29, 2014) — As part of its commitment to help Feeding America in the fight against hunger, Perdue Farms teamed with the Delmarva Shorebirds — the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — and three Delmarva food banks for the season-long 2014 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva to deliver a record 148,000 meals across Delmarva communities.
“The way the food banks, the Shorebirds and its fans, and the community at-large have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge this year has been an inspiring team effort,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should go hungry, and the Strike Out Hunger Challenge continues to provide a large platform to raise awareness about the problem of hunger on Delmarva.”
The 2014 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva provided the forum to continue the awareness and community engagement that began with Perdue’s sponsorship of the 2011 South Atlantic League “Perdue Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game” promotions. Since then, the Shorebirds and food banks have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge to generate almost 400,000 meal equivalents for those in need on Delmarva.
“The Shorebirds are overwhelmed by the support of our community this year,” said Jimmy Sweet, Shorebirds’ assistant general manager. “Raising over 148,000 meals through the challenge is very impressive and speaks volumes to support Shorebirds fans have given Perdue and their community. We hope to keep raising the bar each and every year.”
As a way to drive this year’s Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms issued a $15,000 challenge grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation — the charitable giving arm of the company — to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Each of the food banks was required to engage the Delmarva community in fighting hunger to raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim their equal share of the first $10,000 of the Foundation challenge grant. This included any combination of pounds of food collected, funds collected and donated, or volunteer hours throughout the duration of the Shorebirds’ season.
Additionally, Perdue also donated $10 for each time the Shorebirds’ pitchers struck out an opposing batter up to $5,000. The pitchers delivered to ensure the remaining $5,000 of the $15,000 challenge grant could be split equally between the three food banks.
The Food Bank of Delaware generated 68,000 meal equivalents through nearly 3,000 volunteer hours in support of the Strike Out Hunger Challenge this year.
“The Food Bank of Delaware is proud to be a part of Strike Out Hunger,” said Chad Robinson, Milford branch manager. “The partnership between Perdue, the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Food Bank of Delaware through Strike Out Hunger is a shining example of what organizations can do when they come together to address an issue. We are pleased to put this support back into our mission of creating a community free of hunger.”
The Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank based in Salisbury accumulated 44,000 meal equivalents through a variety of food and fund drives by local businesses, organizations, students and Perdue associate volunteers.
“The Strike Out Hunger Challenge remains a profound part of the food banks’ ability to meet the needs of those on Delmarva who struggle to feed their families,” said Jennifer Small, managing director of the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank.
“Through valued community partnerships and the commitment of Perdue and Delmarva Shorebirds, we’re able to provide food to families and help strike out hunger on Delmarva, one meal a time.”
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore accumulated 36,000 meal equivalents through volunteer hours and local food drives. Local elementary schools conducted food drives and students helped harvest nearly 4,000 pounds of fresh produce from the food bank’s community garden for distribution in the community.
“The funds received from the Strike Out Hunger campaign go to help us sustain our community garden and all of our food bank programs,” said Charmin Horton, branch manager on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “It’s partnerships like this with Perdue and the Shorebirds that ensure that we can continue to serve our community as the need continues to grow and help educate our local children on how to grown their own fresh produce and the importance of a healthy diet even on a budget. We are truly grateful once again for the opportunity to be a partner in Strike Out Hunger.”
In addition to its support of the Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms is committed to providing the Feeding America network of food banks and pantries with a minimum annual donation of two million pounds of protein, the equivalent of eight million meals.
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.™