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$5,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps fund Nemours BrightStart! literacy program in Delaware

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Perdue Farms’ associates from the company’s Milford, Del., foods plant present a $5,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Grant to The Nemours Fund for Children’s Health in Seaford, Del., to help fund the Nemours BrightStart! mobile classroom. From left to right are Perdue associates Laura Coats and Stacey Norton, Shebra Hall, Nemours BrightStart! community initiatives coordinator, and Perdue associate Kim Huey.

Salisbury, Md. (May 13, 2015) – Perdue Farms, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has presented a $5,000 grant to The Nemours Fund for Children’s Health to support the Nemours BrightStart! early literacy program in Sussex County. This innovative program designs and provides early literacy programs for young children at risk for reading failure.

The donation from the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms will increase the number of days the Nemours BrightStart mobile classroom will be able to serve children at the Nemours duPont Pediatrics Clinic located in Seaford, Del. The increased presence of the mobile classroom will result in early literacy screenings for an additional 400 children ages 3 to 5 and reach more than 100 families via parent engagement workshops.

“The BrightStart! program is an innovative and engaging literacy program that helps address a real deficiency in the early learning of many children in our community,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “The screenings, parent workshops and materials that our grant will be able to provide will assure that many more children get off on the right foot towards reading fluency, which will impact their education and way of life from the start. We see this program as a wonderful investment in the future of our children.”

“We are grateful to the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation for their generous donation and support, which will help to continue Nemours BrightStart’s work in Sussex County,” said Kathy M. Ingram, Nemours BrightStart! Director of Business Development and Community Engagement. “This gift will provide free early literacy screenings for children ages three to five in addition to parent engagement sessions, which help parents build reading readiness skills at home.  Literacy is a strong predictor of adult health and we want to begin early to ensure all children are successful readers, leading to healthier, happier lives.”

To learn more about The Nemours Fund for Children’s Health and the BrightStart program, visit www.nemours.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.™


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