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Perdue associates and Maryland Food Bank pack holiday meal boxes for families in need

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Perdue associates in Salisbury, Md., at the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore's Pack To Give Back event.
Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, November 10, 2015) – For the fourth consecutive year, associates from Perdue Farms joined volunteers from other local corporations to pack 2,180 holiday meal boxes for families in need as part of the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore’s Pack To Give Back event sponsored by Perdue Farms.

“This is always a wonderful event,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “At Perdue, we believe that no one should go hungry and Pack to Give Back is a way for us to involve our associates in addressing this belief and taking action together to pack boxes to hopefully make the holidays a little happier for those in need. We are very proud to again sponsor this event and partner with the Maryland Food Bank to make it happen.” 
Paired with turkeys partially subsidized by public donations from the Baltimore Orioles Food and Funds Drive, the meal boxes contained traditional holiday fixings like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. They will be distributed to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters across the Shore in November and December, ensuring happy holidays for families who might otherwise go without. 
This marks the fourth year that Perdue Farms has sponsored this holiday event through a generous $10,000 donation from its charitable giving arm, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. Donations from associates at Perdue AgriBusiness and sponsorship from Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Choptank Electric Cooperative also helped fund the cost of food items in each box.

Similar events were held at three other Maryland Food Bank locations. A total of 20,000 boxes – the equivalent of more than 80,000 meals – were packed between the organization’s three facilities in Hagerstown, Baltimore and Salisbury.

About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than thirty years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day - over 44 million meals annually - the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit mdfoodbank.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®, 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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