Perdue Farms Delivers $20,000 and 44,000 Pounds of Protein to Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Donations support Backpack Program for children and help provide wholesome meals for our neighbors
September 30, 2019
SALISBURY, MD. (Monday, September 30, 2019) – As part of a company commitment to fight hunger, Perdue Farms has delivered a $20,000 grant and 44,000 pounds of protein to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to help children, seniors and families facing food insecurity.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, provided the grant to continue the company’s support for the Foodbank’s Backpack Program serving children on Virginia’s rural Eastern Shore. Combined with the truckload of protein, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore will be able to provide more than 36,600 meals to residents in Accomack and Northampton counties.
“One in eight people in our service area struggles with hunger every day, including a significant number of children,” said Charmin Horton, branch manager of the Eastern Shore branch of the Foodbank. “These wonderful gifts from long-time partner Perdue enables us to ensure children of the region have the nutrition they need. Nutritious protein is a high-value item at the Foodbank and helps provide wholesome meals for our neighbors.”
Horton explains that food-insecure children often rely on the free and reduced school meal program for consistent nutrition during the week. “But, the question is, ‘What happens to them over the weekend when there is no school.’ The answer is the Backpack Program.”
“Perdue remains committed to doing our part to ease the burden of hunger in our communities and beyond,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “Our grant and protein donation reflect the decades-long commitment we have with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to help them provide their clients the nourishment they need.”
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 www.perduefarms.com.