|Richard Cole, left, grain marketing manager for Perdue AgriBusiness in Pennsylvania, and Rob Wertman, warehouse supervisor for the Greater Berks Food Bank, stand in front of a skid of the donated chicken stock.|
Salisbury, Md. (Monday, March 9, 2015) — As part of its help in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, Perdue Farms donated a truckload of chicken broth to the Greater Berks Food Bank in Reading, PA, on Friday, March 6. The 14,472-pound donation represents nearly 30,000 servings of chicken broth.
“The Greater Berks Food Bank could never succeed in its mission of feeding the hungry without the generous support of corporate food donors such as Perdue,” said Peg Bianca, executive director of the Greater Berks Food Bank. “The chicken stock donations we have received from Perdue have helped create thousands of meals at the soup kitchens and shelters we supply. Many local families in need who visit the food pantries we serve have also benefitted from the nourishment of this wonderful donation.”
This is the fourth truckload of products the Greater Berks Food Bank has received from Perdue in the past six months to include 1,351 pounds of chicken and approximately 92,500 pounds of chicken stock.
Over the past 15 years, Perdue Farms has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide through Feeding America, the network that provides much-needed help to 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, including Greater Berks.
“At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should have to go hungry,” said Dick Cole, grain marketing manager for Perdue AgriBusiness in Pennsylvania. “All of us are proud to support the Greater Berks Food Bank with this donation. That’s why we partner with Feeding America and its network of community food banks and pantries to ensure the safe and effective distribution of our product donations. We hope this donation will help ease the burden for those in need.”
About The Greater Berks Food Bank
The Greater Berks Food Bank supplies more than 7 million pounds of food a year from its distribution center to more than 310 charitable food programs — food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, after-school programs, and senior facilities — in Berks and Schuylkill counties. Annually, this food nourishes more than 112,000 of our neighborhoods in need. Learn more about the Greater Berks Food Bank at www.berksfoodbank.org.
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. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.