|The 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva raised more than 132,000 meals. Announcing the campaign results at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., on Wednesday, Sept. 2 are, from left, Chris Bitters, general manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds, Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, Charmin Horton, Foodbank of the Eastern Shore of Virginia branch manager, Jennifer Small, Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore branch director, Chad Robinson, Milford branch manager of the Food Bank of Delaware, and Eric Christianson, Perdue senior vice president of marketing and innovation, along with a host of Perdue associates.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, September 4, 2015) — As part of a company commitment to hunger relief, Perdue Farms teamed with the Delmarva Shorebirds — the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — and three Delmarva food banks for the annual season-long 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva to deliver more than 132,000 meals across Delmarva communities.
“At Perdue, we’re proud of the collaboration we have with the food banks, the Shorebirds and their fans, and the community at-large, and the way this team responded to the Strike Out Hunger Challenge this year,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should go hungry, and the Strike Out Hunger Challenge continues to provide a large platform to raise awareness about the problem of hunger on Delmarva and provide much-needed relief to those in need.”
The 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva provided the forum to continue the awareness and community engagement that began with Perdue’s sponsorship of the 2011 South Atlantic League “Perdue Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game” promotions. Since then, the Shorebirds and food banks have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge to generate more than a half million-meal equivalents for those in need on Delmarva.
“The Shorebirds are overwhelmed by the continued support of our fans and community this year in this important partnership,” said Jimmy Sweet, Shorebirds’ assistant general manager. “Shorebirds fans showed again why they are some of the best sports fans and their compassion for their neighbors is inspiring. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the fight against hunger in the future.”
As a way to drive this year’s Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms issued a $15,000 challenge grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation — the charitable giving arm of the company — to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Each of the food banks was required to engage the Delmarva community in fighting hunger to raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim their equal share of the first $10,000 of the Foundation challenge grant. This included any combination of pounds of food collected, funds collected and donated, or volunteer hours throughout the duration of the Shorebirds’ season.
Additionally, Perdue also donated $10 for each time the Shorebirds’ pitchers struck out an opposing batter up to $5,000. While the pitchers fell short of 500 strikeouts required to meet that challenge, Perdue awarded an equal share of the $5,000 to the three food banks.
The Food Bank of Delaware generated 42,372 meal equivalents in support of the Strike Out Hunger Challenge this year.
“The Strike Out Hunger Challenge provides a great way to engage our volunteers in giving their time to the Food Bank of Delaware through a collaborative campaign,” said Chad Robinson, Milford branch manager. “We are proud to stand with Perdue, the Shorebirds and the food banks in our mission of creating a community free of hunger.”
The Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, based in Salisbury, accumulated 48,000 meal equivalents through a variety of food and fund drives by local businesses, organizations, students and Perdue associate volunteers.
“Because of our partnership in the Strike Out Hunger Challenge, we’re able to provide nutritious food to families and help alleviate the struggles of those trying to put food on their tables, one meal at a time,” said Jennifer Small, managing director of the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank.
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore accumulated 42,000 meal equivalents through 500 volunteer hours and local food drives. Local elementary schools conducted food drives and students helped harvest more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce from the food bank’s community garden for distribution in the region.
“The funds received from Strike Out Hunger help us sustain our community garden and all of our programs,” said Charmin Horton, branch manager on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “It’s partnerships like this with Perdue and the Shorebirds that ensure that we can continue to serve our community as the need continues to grow and help educate our local children on how to grown their own fresh produce and the importance of a healthy diet even on a budget. We are truly grateful once again for the opportunity to be a partner in Strike Out Hunger.”
In addition to its support of the Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms has a 16-year relationship with Feeding America® - the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization – in the fight against hunger. Perdue is committed to donating a minimum of 2 million pounds of protein – the equivalent of eight million meals – each year. This year, Feeding America recognized Perdue Farms as a Guiding Partner in recognition of companies that donate between 2.5 million and 5 million pounds of food with Feeding America’s fiscal year. Perdue donations totaled nearly 4.9 million pounds in FY15.
“In a country as rich in resources as ours, no one should go hungry,” said Nechay. “Feeding America’s network of local food banks is on the front line in the fight against hunger, and we’re proud to support their efforts through product donations, financial contributions, and the efforts of our associates.”
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.™