Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day, center, and Kim Nechay, right, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, present Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Lower Eastern Shore, with a $5,000 grant in support of the JA Inspire program. Associates participated in the event, too.

$5,000 Perdue Foundation Grant Helps Fund Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore’s ‘JA Inspire’ Program

March 19, 2019

Salisbury, Md. (Monday, March 18, 2019) – Perdue Farms, through a $5,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant, helped fund Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore’s recent JA Inspire program for students in Wicomico County.

“Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore has put a strong focus on the agriculture industry this year. As a part of our mission to promote opportunities for children, we feel they need a better understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the impact it has here on the Shore,” said Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. “We were so grateful for the Perdue Foundation, which undoubtedly felt the same way in supporting our efforts. We feel students were enlightened and surprised by the opportunities, not only at Perdue, but on the Eastern Shore within agriculture.”

JA Inspire offered eight-grade students and some high school students the opportunity to interact with 95 exhibitors at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, including industry and education professionals, to learn about a wide range of possible career paths. Perdue associates joined other vendors at the JA Inspire event to help students understand the role the company plays in agriculture, it’s importance in the region and about career opportunities.

“Perdue and its associates have a long history of support for Junior Achievement in many of our communities,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “We’re happy to continue our support on the Eastern Shore and to ensure important learning opportunities for student through the JA Inspire program.”

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®.

About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.

The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and the company is the leader in organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at

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