|Volunteers from Perdue Farms prepare to pack holiday boxes at the Maryland Food Bank-Eastern Shore’s Pack to Give Back event in Salisbury, Md.|
Salisbury, Md. (Monday, Nov. 10, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, individuals and volunteers from local corporations joined efforts on Thursday, Nov. 6, to pack 2,200 holiday meals for families in need as part of the Maryland Food Bank-Eastern Shore’s Pack To Give Back event sponsored by Perdue Farms.
“At Perdue Farms, we’re committed to the fight against hunger. Through our long-standing partnership with Feeding America and the Maryland Food Bank, we’re able to help families in need through a variety of programs, including Pack To Give Back,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “We’re pleased to continue our support through a $10,000 grant from the Foundation as well as the volunteer efforts of our associates.”
Paired with turkeys partially subsidized by donations from the Baltimore Orioles Food & Funds Drive, the meal boxes contained traditional holiday fixings like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing. They will be distributed to soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across the Shore in November and December, ensuring happy holidays for families who might otherwise go without.
This marks the third year that Perdue Farms has sponsored this holiday event, this time through a generous $10,000 donation from its charitable giving arm, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. A $900 donation from associates at Perdue AgriBusiness and sponsorship from Choptank Electric Cooperative also helped fund the cost of food items in each box.
Similar events were held at each Maryland Food Bank location this week. A total of 23,400 boxes will be packed between the organization’s three facilities in Hagerstown, Baltimore and Salisbury.
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.
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.™