|Perdue Farms presented a $1,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the Loaves and Fishes Ministry Life Center in Macon, Ga. From left are Loaves and Fishes representatives Anita Ross, Christine Lyons, Mary Alice Webb, and Charles Hines, Executive Director, Perdue associate Debbie Daniels, Shirley Washington, Loaves and Fishes president, Joan Walton, Loaves and Fishes, and Wally Hunter, director of Perdue operations in Perry, Ga.|
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, December 5, 2013) — As part of its commitment to fight hunger, Perdue Farms, through a $1,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is providing Loaves and Fishes Ministry in Macon, Ga., much-needed support to help feed the homeless and extremely low-income residents through its Day Life Center.
“Last year, we served nearly 2,500 unduplicated homeless individuals and extremely at-risk people through our program,” said Charles Hines, executive director of Loaves and Fishes Ministry. “It’s because of the support of good corporate partners like Perdue Farms and the Foundation that we are able to continue to provide this vital service to those who need it most in middle Georgia.”
Hines explains that 90 percent of the food distributed is purchased through the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank at a reduced rate. He said the grant provides the equivalent of 5,555 pounds of food. As a result, 275 households received groceries during November.
“At Perdue, we believe that in a country as rich as ours, no one should have to go hungry,” said Wally Hunter, director of Perdue operations in Perry, Ga. “That’s why we partner with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks, of which the Georgia Community Food Bank is a member, to help ensure its resources have the greatest impact, especially in and around the communities in which we live and work. We’re proud to help the Loaves and Fishes Ministry continue its outreach through Foundation funding.”
The Day Life Center provides groceries, laundry and shower facilities, cash assistance to purchase Georgia identification, birth certificates, prescription drugs, and referrals to other area social service agencies to ensure clients receive the services they require from the agency most qualified to fill their needs.
About Loaves and Fishes Ministry
Loaves and Fishes Ministry is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, originally started in the basement of Tattnall Square Presbyterian Church in Macon 45 years ago. It started small as a food and clothing ministry. Today, Loaves and Fishes Ministry serves the community by offering and delivering such human services as case management to assist individuals and families as they transition from learned helplessness to learned resourcefulness. Loaves and Fishes Ministry partners with other area service providers and community agencies to ensure that programs and services are accessible and deliverable to those who have been confronted by life’s unfavorable circumstances. To learn more about Loaves and Fishes Ministry, visit www.loavesandfishesministry.org.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The 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.™