|Perdue associates present a check for $86,439 to Jay Evans, third from left, resource development director for the United Way of Central Georgia.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, December 18, 2014) — Associates from Perdue Farms’ Perry, Ga., operations pledged $86,439 in a recent campaign for the United Way of Central Georgia. The pledge includes a $7,858 grant provided by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
The United Way of Central Georgia is a non-profit organization that supports 39 Middle Georgia partner agencies dedicated to helping children and youth succeed, empowering individuals and families towards self-sufficiency, meeting basic needs and promoting health, wellness and safety.
“The contributions from Perdue’s associate work force in Perry represent a significant impact to the Houston-Peach counties areas,” according to Jay Evans, resource development director for United Way of Central Georgia. “Since 2006, Perdue associates have contributed $571,000 towards the local partner agencies supported by the United Way of Central Georgia. We greatly appreciate the continued support and giving of Perdue Farms. Perdue Farms is a generous company that always gives back to the community. They are to be congratulated and recognized for their successful 2014 United Way campaign”
The campaign allowed Perdue associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually support United Way partner agencies located in middle Georgia’s 13 counties centered throughout Macon, Perry, Fort Valley and Warner Robins. Associate pledges will help fund 80 outreach programs and activities supported and financed by the local United Way partner agencies. The funds raised positively impact the local community by improving lives and supporting helping agencies to create sustained changes in community conditions, such as improved childcare services, tackling school dropout rates, reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, strengthening families, or providing living assistance to the elderly.
The 2014 campaign generated $20,000 more than last year and participation this year was very strong, indicating the continued willingness of the Perry team at both plants to pull together and make a difference in the local community. The generosity of Perry associates helps support an increased number of people in the surrounding local communities who are dependent on helping agencies like the United Way as a result of job losses, foreclosures and poor economic conditions.
“I am so proud of our associates continued generosity in the 2014 campaign,” said Wally Hunter, director at the Perdue processing operation. “Not only am I proud of our team pulling together for making it a great 2014 campaign but also I am very thankful to our departmental key workers for getting the United Way message out to associates and enabling them to help other people in their time of need.”
“We are happy to help the United Way of Central Georgia,” said Craig Pugh, director of operations at the Perry cook plant. “At Perdue, where teamwork is important to success, we recognize as a team the importance of neighbors helping neighbors. Although the economy is getting much better for many people, Perdue associates understand the need for those in the local area who are still struggling to make ends meet and whose particular circumstances warrant helping agencies like the United Way to give a hand up. Their compassion for helping others is inspiring and I am very proud of our associates.”
As Maria Rivera, human resources manager, explains, “Our associates never cease to amaze me with the family atmosphere we have here in Perry and this year’s campaign shows what a strong team we have. We really do a lot of things for our associates here at both Perry plants that create the environment to promote the spirit of giving and it is not an accident that more than 55 percent of associates participated in the 2014 campaign.”
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.™