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$25,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps Habitat for Humanity provide homes for families on rural Eastern Shore of Virginia

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Perdue Farms’ associates present a $25,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to representatives of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in Exmore, Va. From left are Stanley Plowden, Habitat board president, Bel Holden, Perdue human resources manager, Emma Nock, Perdue human resources representative, Rev. Wayne Parsley, Habitat board vice president, and Nancy Gonzalez, Habitat executive director.

Salisbury, Md. (January 7, 2014) — As part of its commitment to making a difference in the community, Perdue Farms, through a $25,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping Habitat for Humanity provide homeownership opportunities for families on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

“The Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity is delighted with this show of support for our mission of eliminating substandard housing for families in our communities,” said Nancy Gonzalez, executive director for Habitat for Humanity. “The funds received from the Foundation will help to complete two homes now in progress, one of which will belong to a Perdue associate, and to help us purchase land for future homes. Habitat depends completely on funds from individuals, churches and businesses and uses no government funds in our building programs.”

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years of providing safe, efficient home ownership for citizens in substandard housing. Since its incorporation in 1988, the Eastern Shore chapter has completed and dedicated more than 40 homes in North Hampton and Accomack counties.

“Habitat for Humanity truly understands the needs and the challenges homeowners face in the local communities its serves,” said Emma Nock, associate relations representative at Perdue’s Accomac plant, who serves a director on the local Habitat board. “Being able to help families, including some of our associates, with affordable housing solutions and engage the community at the same time is very rewarding.”

Families who qualify for a Habitat house are able to realize the dream of homeownership through a commitment of sweaty equity, a 30-year, no-interest mortgage and the expectation that they will continue to support other Habitat projects.

“Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful program that avails the Foundation an opportunity to invest in this community in very meaningful ways,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “Whether it be by making a grant like this to ensure the completion of another home on the Eastern Shore family, or by our associates volunteering their skills and time toward the home’s construction, we are honored to be a part of their programming.”

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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