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Perdue Farms associates deliver $41,215.05 to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore



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 Perdue associates present a check for $41,215.05 to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore representatives. Pictured from left to right are Belaveate Holden, Perdue Complex human resources manager; Jeannette Edwards, co-chair of 2014 United Way Campaign; Dawn Byrd, executive director of Virginia's Eastern Shore; Saadia Davis, HAACP coordinator at Perdue; Lisa Parks, administrative assistant to director of operations at Perdue; and Bill Sterling, president of United Way of Virginia's Eastern Shore Board of Directors.
Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, February 18, 2015) — Associates at Perdue Farms’ operation in Accomac, Va., recently delivered a check for $41,215.05 to the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The contribution includes $37,468.05 in associates' pledges and a $3,747 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

United Way is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to maximize the communities’ resources to improve the lives of all members of the community. Through the combination of generous individual and business contributions, the United Way of the Eastern Shore is able to support such agencies as Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging, and Light House Ministers.

The Perdue campaign allowed associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually contribute to the United Way. Associates held other fund-raising activities to raise monies for the campaign. Despite tough economic conditions, Perdue associates still managed to dig deep in their pockets to support their local community.

“We are happy to support the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore,” said Bel Holden, Human Resources Manager. “At Perdue, where teamwork is so important to our success, we recognize the importance of neighbors helping neighbors.”

“Since the founding of the United Way Chapter of Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 1991, Perdue Farms and its associates have been our biggest supporters,” said Bill Sterling, president of United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “Once again, Perdue has made a significant contribution in excess of $35,000 to our campaign.
Sterling said the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore has raised almost $6 million since 1991, aiding more than 150 organizations that receive funds either allocated by United Way or designated by individual contributors. Perdue’s contribution to that total is approaching $1 million. “The United Way Chapter appreciates that support and generosity from Perdue and its associates. Together, we are helping our neighbors and making the Eastern Shore of Virginia a better place to live,” he said.

As Sterling explains, “These funds are important in the United Way’s mission to help improve the quality of life for all residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Funds will go to provide emergency food and shelter, family counseling, health services and recreation programs in addition to many other services needed in the community.”

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®, PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM®, 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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