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Maryland associates help Operation We Care prepare care packages for troops

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Perdue associates helped prepare 600 care packages to send to troops overseas as part of Operation We Care.

Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014) - Twenty-five Perdue Farms associates and their family members joined a legion of volunteers recently to help prepare care packages for armed forces members serving in six countries overseas at the eighth annual Operation We Care event in Sharptown, Md.

Volunteers packed boxes and wrote messages of encouragement inside the boxes for the troops. They also sorted items for the boxes and prepared them for shipment overseas. The boxes were filled with a variety of items, including toiletries, toothpaste, floss, canned food, candy, handmade helmet liners, Girl Scout cookies and numerous other items.

Operation We Care was established in 2007 by Jeff and Diana Merritt of Salisbury, Md., and Bruce Bennett of Seaford, Del. Their hope was to provide troops serving overseas a taste of home. Today, they hold two care-package-making events a year. They have shipped more than 6,000 packages in eight years. Additionally, the non-profit group organizes welcome-home events for returning service men and women, and works with the Wounded Warrior Project to coordinate retreats at local resorts on Delmarva for them and their families.

Earlier this year, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, supported Operation We Care by providing a $1,000 grant to help fund the cost of shipping packages overseas.

To learn more about Operation We Care, visit www.operationwecare.org or email them at operationwecare.org@gmail.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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