Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps Kentucky community promote locally grown produce
Salisbury, Md. (February 21, 2012) — Perdue Farms, through a $5,000 granted funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping the City of Beaver Dam promote the production of locally grown produce at its new farmers market.
“There’s a definite push across the country for healthier lifestyles and also for supporting ‘home grown,’ ” said Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur. “This generous grant by the Perdue Foundation solidifies Perdue’s commitment to both in Ohio County.
Sandefur said the grant will pay for additional upgrades to the facility, which opened in spring 2011. Electrical outlets for use by vendors, gravel driving and staging areas for better access by larger vehicles and trailers, and landscaping are part of the planned upgrades.
“In these difficult times of budgetary constraints, we knew it would likely take the city a while to get the market to the point where we wanted it to be,” said Sandefur. “Funding through the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund helped with some of the construction costs, but we still had a lot of needs. The Foundation grant enables us to enhance the facility for the community much sooner than expected.”
“We’re proud to be a part of the agricultural community in western Kentucky and of our long-standing relationship with the local farm community through the farm families who raise our chickens and sell our grain,” said Jim Booth, director of Perdue operations in Cromwell, Ky. “We believe in supporting the local communities where our associates live and work, and proud to promote the farmers market concept through this grant.”
About Perdue and the Arthur. W. Perdue Foundation
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today’s third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Perdue Family of Companies, 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 the Perdue Family of Companies in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.
For more information, visit www.perdue.com™.