$15,000 Perdue Foundation Grant To Provide Iconic Blue Jackets For 177 Deserving National FFA Students

August 26, 2019

SALISBURY, MD. (Monday, August 26, 2019) – Perdue Farms, through a $15,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant, will enable the National FFA Organization to present its iconic blue jacket to 177 deserving students across 35 states.

“We recognize that wearing the blue corduroy jacket is a symbol of pride for thousands of FFA members who are passionate about agriculture,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “Perdue also recognizes that not every student can afford the cost of the jacket. We’re proud to continue our partnership with the National FFA Organization by investing in the next generation of agricultural leaders through this program.”

Since 1933, the blue corduroy jacket has been a part of FFA Official Dress, an icon of an American tradition, instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. Each student who receives an FFA jacket will also receive a white collared shirt and an FFA scarf or tie.

“The jacket often reminds members that they are part of something larger than themselves,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. “With support from generous partners like Perdue Farms, students across the country now have the opportunity to proudly wear the jacket during their FFA experiences.”

About The National FAA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization.

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.

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