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$10,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps fund Healthy Learners health care program in rural South Carolina

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Randy Brown, second from right, director of Perdue operations in Dillon, S.C., presents a check for $10,000 grant check from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to representatives of Healthy Learners Dillon.

Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012) - Building on a commitment of improving life within the communities in which it operates through health and education, Perdue, through a $10,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping Healthy Learners of Dillon, S.C., provide children in need access to basic health care services.

"We are extremely grateful to Perdue and the Foundation for their generosity and support of the Healthy Learners mission through this grant," said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director of Healthy Learners. "Each year, we help more than 100 children in Dillon County public schools by providing access to basic health care services. There is no way we could do all of that without dedicated and caring partners like Perdue and the Foundation."

According to Pauling-Jones, Healthy Learners partners with elementary, middle and high schools and community health care providers to help children secure needed medications, dental care, eye exams and eyeglasses, treatment for acute episodes of illness, evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders, coordination of care, access to counseling and transportation to medical appointments.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Healthy Learners Dillon provided 198 children with access to 513 basic health care services.

School nurses are on the front lines to help identify a students health care need and make a referral to Health Learners, said Pauling-Jones. Sadly, schools in Dillon County are filled with children who have limited or no access to basic health care. Often times, their families do not qualify for Medicaid, and are in the gap between Medicaid and private health insurance coverage.

Randy Brown, Perdue director of operations in Dillon, in presenting the grant, said, "Healthy Learners has a strong history serving children in Dillon County and at Perdue we share in their commitment to making a difference in the community through this funding."

About Healthy Learners
Healthy Learners Dillon serves financially disadvantaged elementary, middle and high school students in Dillon County who are either uninsured or underinsured. It has been serving students since 2005. This includes students who are covered by Medicaid. Transportation to and from school to appointments is a unique and vital link to the success of the Healthy Learners program.

For more information about Healthy Learners Dillon contact Dee Newell, coordinator, at (843) 774-1907 or via email at dnewell@healthylearners.com.

About Perdue
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdues farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to todays third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, weve 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.

About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
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 communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture

 

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