Perdue donates 28,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, February 13, 2015) – Perdue Farms recently donated more than 28,000 pounds of chicken to Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America food banks like Second Harvest. This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of partner agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters, and after school feeding programs.
Over the past 15 years, Perdue Farms has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide through Feeding America.
Hunger is a pervasive problem in South Georgia. One in four people, including one in three children, in South Georgia do not have access to a stable source of food, according to Second Harvest officials. Georgia ranks fourth in childhood hunger in the United States, and Second Harvest’s 30county service area has the highest rates of any region in the state. Complicating the issue is the fact that generally at-risk individuals and family can afford food that is of little nutritional value.
“All of us at Perdue are proud to stand in partnership in the fight against hunger with Feeding America and its nationwide partner network of which Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia is a valued member,” said Tommy Waters, director of Perdue operations in Gainesville, Ga., from where the protein was sourced. “At Perdue, we believe that in a nation as rich as our, no one should have to go hungry. It’s through donations like this that enable us to help our partners feed those in need.”
As Frank Richards, CEO of Second Harvest explains, “This donation is particularly beneficial to us because it is a healthy source of protein that we can distribute to those in need. Fighting hunger in our area is not something Second Harvest can do alone. It takes a cooperative effort to make a difference. Perdue Farms has been a valuable partner in that work for a many years, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
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