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Perdue grant helps fund children's resources for new public library in Crisfield, Md.

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Kim Nechay, right, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a $10,000 grant to Gail Sheldon, executive director of the Somerset County Library System, to help fund children’s resources for the new library in Crisfield, Md.

Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, June 11, 2015) – Perdue Farms, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has presented a $10,000 grant to help provide much-needed resources for the children’s area in the new Somerset County Public Library, which is under construction in Crisfield, Md.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Perdue Farms and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Gail Sheldon, director of the Somerset County Library System. “It’s because of the generosity of community partners such as Perdue Farms that we will be able to provide enhanced socialization and learning opportunities for library patrons, especially young children.”

As Sheldon explains, the Foundation funding will help purchase furniture, lighting fixtures and equipment, such as new computers. Construction of the new library is estimated to cost $5.2 million with an additional $750,000 needed to properly furnish the facility. The Somerset County Library Foundation has also received funding commitments for these resources from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Crisfield American Legion Post, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Crisfield High School Students Against Destructive Decisions.

“Libraries often serve as centers of community activity. Crisfield is a community that is important to the Eastern Shore and we believe this new library will do wonderful things for our neighbors who live there,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “Helping to fund the children’s area will assure the functionality of the space and that the children of Crisfield and Somerset County have a fun and well-equipped space to get their love of learning and reading started on the right foot.”

The 12,400-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will offer a broader collection of materials and resources, according to Sheldon. It will provide quality programming for patrons of all ages, including story time for preschoolers, genealogical research, history seminars, musical performances and special summer reading programs. Additional computers and technology will provide patrons with additional learning opportunities as well as make it easier to engage in on-line job training, resume building and job searches.

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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