2019 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge On Delmarva Delivers 133,000 Meals For Hunger Relief
September 6, 2019
SALISBURY, Md. (Friday, September 6, 2019) — As part of a company commitment to hunger relief, Perdue Farms teamed with the Delmarva Shorebirds — the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — and three Delmarva Peninsula food banks to deliver 130,000 meals across the region’s communities in the season-long 2019 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva.
“As a leader in the food industry, we have a responsibility to help feed families struggling to put food on the table right here on Delmarva,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “We’re pleased that the Strike Out Hunger Challenge continues to provide a large platform to raise public awareness about the problem of hunger and food insecurity on Delmarva and provide much-needed relief in the communities where we live and work.”
According to research from the food banks, one in eight people on the Delmarva Peninsula are challenged by food insecurity. One third of that food-insecure population is children.
The 2019 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva provided the forum to continue the awareness and community engagement that began with Perdue’s sponsorship of the 2011 South Atlantic League “Perdue Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game” promotions. Since then, the Shorebirds, food banks and the community at-large have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge to generate more than 1.1 million meal equivalents for those in need on Delmarva.
“The Delmarva Shorebirds are thrilled by the continued support of our fans and community in this important partnership,” said Jimmy Sweet, assistant general manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. “The way in which they respond every year to the Strike Out Hunger Challenge is amazing. We look forward to continuing our efforts in the fight against hunger in the years to come.”
To drive this year’s Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms issued a $15,000 challenge grant funded by the Perdue Foundation — the charitable giving arm of the company — to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Each of the food banks were required to engage the Delmarva community to raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim their equal share of the first $10,000 of the Foundation challenge grant. This included any combination of pounds of food collected, monies collected and donated, or volunteer hours throughout the duration of the Shorebirds’ season.
Additionally, Perdue also donated $10 for each time the Shorebirds’ pitchers struck out an opposing batter, up to $5,000.
“Eastern Shore residents challenged by hunger will once again find support as a result of growing community partnerships committed to donating food, funds and their time through volunteerism in support of the 2019 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge,” said Jennifer Small, director of regional program for the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank. “This annual campaign remains a pivotal part of the Maryland Food Banks’ ability to meet the needs of those who struggle to feed their families.”
As Chad Robinson, community relations manager for the Food Bank of Delaware, explains, “As hunger doesn’t go on vacation in the summer months, many families have a food need during this time. The partnership between the Delmarva area food banks, Perdue and the Delmarva Shorebirds is great. It is so exciting for us that America’s favorite pastime can be so supportive of our important work. We’re grateful to Perdue and the Delmarva Shorebirds for Strike Out Hunger!”
“We truly appreciate the opportunity for this partnership with Perdue and the Delmarva Shorebirds. It allows us to continue our mission of leading the effort to eliminate hunger in our communities,” said Charmin Horton, branch manager of the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore in Tasley, Va.
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.