|Perdue Farms’ associates joined the Chesapeake Housing Mission to build a new wheel chair ramp for Jamal Cannady at his home in Mardela Springs, Md. From left are Perdue associates Randy Day, Mark McKay, Mark Garth, Herb Frerichs, Jim Perdue, and Chesapeake Housing Mission officials Bill Ferguson and Don Taylor with Jamal.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, June 5, 2015) — As part of a company commitment to improve life in the community, Perdue Farms associates recently joined the Chesapeake Housing Mission to build a new wheelchair ramp for a disabled man in Mardela Springs in rural Wicomico County.
Jamal Cannady, 32, has been confined to a wheel chair since being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age. A 20-year-old ramp on the back porch of his home was in disrepair and too slippery for Cannady to navigate in his motorized wheelchair when it rained.
“We’re grateful to Perdue and their associates for their continued support of the Chesapeake Housing Mission’s goal to help those in need in our community,” said Don Taylor, the group’s founder and executive director, a retired Perdue executive. “For Jamal and others who have benefited from community volunteers like those from Perdue, these ramps provide a pathway of freedom to the outside world.”
Taylor said this ramp marks the 128th project completed by Chesapeake Housing Mission and volunteers in the four lower Eastern Shore counties since the group’s inception in 2009. Volunteers completed 41 projects in 2014 and are on track to finish 60 in 2015. Perdue associates have participated in five building projects.
“It was good to help an old friend in need,” said Chairman Jim Perdue, who joined members of his executive team at the project. Perdue said he first met Cannady years ago through Operation Teddy Bear at the Holly Center in Salisbury where Perdue drivers give rides to residents in their big rigs during the holiday season. “Most people are not aware of the need in our community. I’m proud of our associates who are willing to give their time in partnership with our friends at Chesapeake Housing Mission. Together, by giving a day of your time you can make a big impact in the lives of our deserving neighbors.”
Taylor said there our 30 families on a project waiting list and the need for volunteers is great. “We have a very generous group of volunteer groups, donors and community partners who help us fulfill our mission. However, more volunteers and funding are needed to meet the needs of those living below the poverty level,” he said.
To learn more about Chesapeake Housing Mission and volunteer opportunties, visit www.chesapeakehousingmission.org or contact Taylor at 410-546-4534.
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®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® 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 and our Corporate Responsibility Report at http://www.perduefarms.com.