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Perdue joins Food Bank of Delaware and Harry K Foundation to distribute food to children in need

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Aaron Purse, left, and Jeff Smith, associates from Perdue’s operation in Milford, Del.,  load a box of roaster chickens into a vehicle at the Food Bank of Delaware during Thursday’s holiday food distribution for families and children in need in partnership with the Harry K Foundation and the food bank
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Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, and Harry Keswani, left, founder of the Harry K Foundation, help carry boxes of roaster chickens to waiting cars at the Food Bank of Delaware on Thursday.

Salisbury, Md. (December 17, 2015) - The holiday season of giving started a bit early at the Milford branch of the Food Bank of Delaware today as representatives from 21 community organizations and school-based food pantries picked up boxes of holiday staples sponsored by the Harry K Foundation and roaster chickens provided by Perdue Farms to distribute to families in need.

In addition, Perdue associates from operations in Milford and Georgetown, Del., as well as its Corporate Office in Salisbury, Md., helped pack the boxes.

Patricia Beebe, the Food Bank of Delaware’s President and CEO, Chairman Jim Perdue and Harry K Foundation founder Harry Keswani, a Rehoboth Beach businessman, were on hand in the warehouse to celebrate this successful partnership.  In 2013, Keswani vowed to raise money through an annual gala, and then donate 100 percent of the proceeds to eliminate food insecurity and hunger in local children.

Since 2014, the Harry K Foundation has sponsored 15 Food Bank of Delaware school pantries and 561 children for the food bank’s Backpack Program, a weekend meal program for kids at risk of hunger when school is not in session. 

“The idea is to not to reduce hunger, but to eliminate childhood hunger,” Keswani said, noting that this year’s benefit gala raised more than $200,000.

“It takes all of us working together as a community to meet the needs of our children,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We are grateful that both the Harry K Foundation and Perdue Farms recognize the importance of feeding our future. Kids who are hungry cannot learn, grow or play. Thanks to these programs, we are able to provide our children with the nutrition they need in order to be kids.”  

Perdue also praised the mission and success of the partnership.

“We are thrilled to join the Food Bank of Delaware and the Harry K Foundation in an event like this that provides holiday meals for families in Kent and Sussex counties,” said Perdue. “At Perdue, we believe that in a country as rich in resources as ours, no one should have to go hungry.”

Tanja Levenson, a clinical counselor at Millsboro Middle School, stopped by the Milford facility this morning to pick up holiday meal boxes for families with children who attend the school. Millsboro Middle School is also home to one of the Harry K-sponsored school pantries. Levenson praised the pantry, which is literally food stored in locked cabinets. 

Parents of children enrolled in the program are able to come to the school to select what they like.
“Families like the idea, and they liked picking out what they need and will use,” she said.

About the Food Bank of Delaware
The Food Bank of Delaware distributes millions of pounds of food and grocery products each year through its network of 620 hunger-relief program partners throughout the state and also provides thousands of meals a month for children through the After-School Nutrition Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Backpack Program. The Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs directly provide for Delawareans at risk of going without meals each year. The Food Bank of Delaware also trains adults for careers in the food service industry through The Culinary School. For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware, visit www.fbd.org or call (302) 292-1305.

About the Harry K Foundation
The Harry K. Foundation has been committed to the belief that “no child in Delaware should go to bed hungry." Founded in 2013, this nonprofit organization has been opening food pantries to address their “H4 Initiative” to Help Harry Halt Hunger. Currently the Foundation sponsors 20 pantries, a mobile pantry and a community baby pantry. From Wilmington to Delmar and from Seaford to Rehoboth the Harry K. Foundation is bringing food security to the needy.

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.


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