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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant funds new diabetes test at Blood Bank of Delmarva

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The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation recently presented a $5,000 grant to help fund a new diabetes test at the Blood Bank of Delmarva. From left are Penny West, Southern Peninsula supervisor, and Suzanne Murray, account executive, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, and Cathy Klein, Perdue AgriBusiness. Klein also accepted on behalf of Perdue AgriBusiness in Salisbury, Md., the Blood Bank's 2015 Summer Blood Challenge award for highest percentage of employee participation in the medium size company category along with second place honors.

Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, November 25, 2015) – The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) to help fund the implementation of more sophisticated testing for blood donors.  The Hemoglobin A1c test that Blood Bank of Delmarva intends to implement measures the average glucose level of a blood donor over a past four-to-six week period.  

“This is a much more accurate screening test than simply measuring a single random glucose level, which is currently done at BBD,” said Scott W. Hall, M.D., the Blood Bank’s Medical Director.  “The primary goal of the Hemoglobin A1c project is to detect diabetes among Blood Bank donors.  This test predicts with a higher degree of certainty the likelihood that a donor is either pre-diabetic and or has diabetes.”

Complications from diabetes can include vision loss, heart disease, stroke and other debilitating medical conditions.  

“As much as we’d like to offer this service to our donors, adding the test on our own is cost prohibitive,” said Michael Waite, Director of Marketing & Community Relations for BBD.  “Thanks to the generosity of community partners like the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, we’re hopeful that full funding for the first two years of this project will be committed soon.”  

“BBD thanks Perdue and its associates for supporting this potentially life-saving effort,” said Waite.  “Perdue Agribusiness has been a Blood Bank partner for 25 years by participating in blood drives.  They realize community health is something we all need to work together to improve and this grant will help us continue in that direction.” 

“The Blood Bank is a very important community resource.  We are happy to support the improvements and developments they are making in the crucial services they provide,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

About Blood Bank of Delmarva
The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) community service organization which provides blood transfusion products and services for hospitals within the Delmarva region.  For over 60 years, Blood Bank of Delmarva has ensured a safe and continuous supply of blood to meet the needs of over 20,000 patients annually.  In addition to blood provisioning, BBD operates a full service regional laboratory providing donor testing and patient reference laboratory services for other blood collection centers and hospitals. BBD is FDA licensed, a member of America's Blood Centers, and accredited by AABB.  For more information about the Blood Bank or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8. 

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 Franklin P. and 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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