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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation awards $10,000 grant to Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence in rural Virginia

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Perdue Farms representatives presents a $10,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Onancock, Va. From left are Kevin Dennis, director of Perdue operations in Accomac, Bel Holden, Perdue Human Resources manager, and Coalition representatives Carol Tunstall, treasurer, Peaches Dodge, board president, and Kristi Lawton, executive director.

Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014) - The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ESCADV) to help improve and expand domestic violence prevention efforts.  The grant will help the Coalition expand counseling services to children affected by domestic violence, provide much-needed space for children’s services, and fund outreach and education initiatives.

“Domestic violence is a very serious but preventable crime,” said Peaches Dodge, board present of ESCADV. “It is also more than a crime against just the victim. It is a crime against all of us as a community, and it requires a collective community response. This is why we are so honored to have Perdue, a major local employer, partner with us to help address and combat this issue on the Eastern Shore.”

Kevin Dennis, director of Perdue operations in Accomac, Va., said in presenting the grant, “The programming of the Coalition is so meaningful to the way of life on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At Perdue, we are happy to be able to support their education and outreach services through this grant.”

ESCADV will utilize most of the funding to better serve children in the shelter. “Our shelter is constantly running at capacity and we typically house more children than adults,” said Cristi Lawton, ESCADV’s executive director. “We know that children in shelters who have been exposed to domestic violence are a vulnerable and high-risk population. It is a large risk factor for children to grow up and become victims or abusers. We want to help children cope with the traumatic effects of domestic violence and foster resiliency and healing.

Lawton said the Coalition’s goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of family violence. “Towards that end, Perdue’s support will help fund the work of our new Children’s Services Coordinator and help provide the space we need to provide counseling services and resources for children and their non-offending caregivers.”

The remainder of funds will be used to support ESCADV’s operations and for community outreach and primary prevention efforts.  Primary prevention helps to raise awareness about the causes of domestic violence and to educate about healthy relationships. Outreach efforts will focus on youth, teens, college students, and underserved populations.

“Perdue’s support will help us continue to provide critical services and expand in ways that will help us get in front of this issue by working to prevent it from happening in the first place,” said Dodge. “It will take all of us, working together, to end domestic violence and create safer, healthier communities.”

About the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ESCADV)
ESCADV was established in 1983 and has a long and successful history of protecting and empowering survivors of domestic violence on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. ESCADV’s free and confidential services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and support services.   From Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014, ESCADV responded to 120 hotline calls, provided safe shelter to 50 adults and 61 children, and provided more than 2,000 hours of advocacy services.  To learn more about ESCADV’s services or how you can be involved, visit www.escadv.org, like ESCADV on Facebook, or call 757-787-1329.

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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