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Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County Receives $15,000 Perdue Foundation Grant To Help Family Realize Homeownership Dream

Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County
Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a $15,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County to fund its 64th new home in the Church Street neighborhood. From left to right are Molly Hilligoss, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, Randy Day, president of Perdue Foods, Pirter Peirre, Margterlita Pierre, Clenda Pierre, Josias El-Jehud Pierre, Peterson Pierre, Jamor Pierre, Margarette Lerius, and Tony Macer, Perdue director operations.

SALISBURY, MD. (March 23, 2016) — Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County has received a $15,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to help a Salisbury family realize the dream of homeownership. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

“Breaking ground on this project would not have been possible without the support of Perdue and the Foundation,” said Molly Hilligoss, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “The impact on the community from Perdue and the Foundation is tremendous.”

Habitat and Perdue representatives, and community leaders recently broke ground in the Church Street neighborhood for two new homes, including one for the family of Pirter and Margaret Pierre and their six children, who moved to Salisbury from Haiti. Through the partnership with Habitat, the Pierres qualified for a no-interest, 30-year mortgage, and are required to invest 300 hours of sweat equity in the project.

“These partnership requirements demonstrate the Habitat philosophy of offering hard-working, deserving families a ‘hands up, not a handout,’” said Hilligoss. “Both Pirter and Margarette are dedicated to providing for their family with Pirter working the night shift at the Perdue processing plant in Salisbury and Margarette working day shift at Mountaire Farms.”

As Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, explains, “Habitat for Humanity is an excellent program that assures quality housing for quality families. It is an honor to be a part of their efforts to revitalize the Church Street neighborhood of Salisbury. Knowing that this house in particular will become a home to a Perdue associate is just icing on the cake! The valiant efforts Habitat is making are remarkable in this community.”

Habitat for Humanity has been serving Wicomico County and helping families succeed since 1987. In 2004, Habitat, city and community leaders made a commitment to revitalize the historic Church Street neighborhood by the year 2020 and started building there in 2006. The goal was to build 25 new homes and repair and weatherize an additional 100 homes. The Pierres’ project represents the 64th new home built in the neighborhood.

“After nearly three decades of work in the community, Habitat has seen how a new home improves household health and well-being, which contributes to family income and education, both essential to breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Hilligoss. “We know that some of our homeowners have finished college and sent their children to college. Increasing the level of homeownership in the Church Street neighborhood with the support of partners like Perdue also provides greater social stability and community cohesion.”

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

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.®



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