|Perdue Farms’ associates present a $10,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to representatives of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Project Clean Stream. From left are Jeff Smith, Perdue director of corporate environmental services; Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; Steve Schwalb, Perdue vice president of environmental sustainability; Tyler Wingate, Perdue environmental manager; Joanna Freeman, Project Clean Stream program manager; Laura Ricciardelli, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay director of communications and development; and Mary-Angela Hardwick, Alliance assistant director of communications and development.|
Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, April 8, 2015) – Perdue Farms, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has presented a $10,000 grant to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to mark its eighth year of support for the Project Clean Stream environmental stewardship initiative. The grant will help fund the annual Bay watershed stream and shoreline clean-up effort, and enable the Alliance to expand the volunteer effort across Bay watershed states. Project Clean Stream will be held Saturday, April 11.
“At Perdue, we see the opportunity to invest in the success of a program like Project Clean Stream as mutually beneficial,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “We are supporting the efforts of a wonderful organization, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and at the same time, sponsoring a program in which the leadership of our organization and our associates enjoy participating. It really is a win-win to be a part of such a productive and meaningful event that helps make strides toward a cleaner Bay and waterway system – something that is very important to our company and our associates.”
As Al Todd, executive director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, explains, “The Alliance is committed to working with all who have a passion for improving the environment, and Perdue has been one of our long-standing partners in Project Clean Stream. Perdue has adopted the program companywide and has more than 1,000 associates participating each year. We appreciate Perdue’s support for Project Clean Stream and the Alliance’s mission to protect the lands, rivers and stream of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
Perdue Volunteers Embrace Project Clean Stream
Perdue Farms launched its Project Clean Stream volunteer initiative in 2008 in Salisbury, Md., where 30 associates removed more than 2,000 pounds of debris from two locations.
“One of our first sites was Mitchell Pond located near our processing plant, and associates removed 1,700 pounds of trash and debris from its shorelines,” said Jeff Smith, director of Corporate Environmental Services. “Thanks to their commitment through the years, we’re seeing a significantly reduced amount of trash at that site. This illustrates the impact our associates’ collaborative efforts can make within the community. We’re seeing these types of results across the country where we have operations.”
Perdue expanded the Project Clean Stream concept across the company in 2011 to engage associates in similar clean-up efforts in their communities. Last year, associates at 52 sites in 11 states harvested nearly 75,000 pounds of trash from streams, ditches, roadways and parks.
“Project Clean Stream is a great way to get employees, neighbors and families connected with their local streams,” said Joanna Freeman, program director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. “Their efforts have a lasting environmental impact because they remain committed to keeping their neighborhood streams clean and understand the positive results their efforts have on the critical restoration of the health of the Chesapeake Bay.”
About The Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay and Project Clean Stream
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay engages individuals, groups, businesses, other environmental organizations and non-profit groups to develop collaborative solutions to improve, preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay and all its resources.
Bringing these diverse groups together enables the Alliance to find common solutions to protect the Bay’s unique natural resources for future generations while protecting its communities. The Alliance believes there can be healthy streams and rivers and a healthy economy.
Project Clean Stream was launched in 2004 by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland as a grass-roots effort to clean up waterways and shorelines in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This year, Project Clean Stream officials expect more than 10,000 volunteers to participate at more than 520 sites with the goal to collect one million pounds of trash. Since 2004, 1,000 tons of trash and debris have been removed from the Bay watershed.
To learn more about the Alliance and Project Clean Stream, visit www.allianceforthebay.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® 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.
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.™