Perdue associates present $153,479 to United Way of Central Georgia
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, February 19, 2015) — Associates from Perdue Farms’ operations in Perry, Ga., recently presented a check for $153,479.70 in support of the United Way of Central Georgia. The contribution included $139,527 in associate pledges and a $13,952.70 grant funded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Perdue employees 2,176 associates in Perry.
“United Way of Central Georgia is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Perdue family of employees. Perdue is a shining example of how collective giving will have a huge positive impact on our community,” said Jay Evans, Development Officer of the United Way of Central Georgia. “By donating a small amount each week, participating employees together raised a tremendous amount that will assist so many deserving people right here in Central Georgia.”
The annual campaign allowed Perdue associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually support the United Way and its partner agencies in Houston and Peach counties.
“This marks our ninth year of support for United Way and their programs that do so much good to improve the lives of so many people in our communities,” said Wally Hunter, director of Perdue’s processing facility in Perry. “I’m proud of our associates’ commitment to making a difference in their community through their generous donations.”
Since 2006, Perdue and its associates have contributed more than $850,000 to the United Way of Central Georgia. Their contribution this year represents a 78 percent increase in donations over last year’s campaign.
“We are happy to continue our support for the United Way and salute the compassion of our associates to lend a helping hand,” said Craig Pugh, director of operations at Perdue’s further-processing plant in Perry. “We’re strong supporters of United Way because we believe it offers one of the best opportunities to maximize our charitable giving in the community.”
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 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and 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™.