|Sam Rascona, facility manager at Perdue's Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center in Petersburg, Va., talks about Perdue's partnership with Feed More in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 17. From left are Rascona, Norm Gold, FeedMore chief operations officer, Doug Pick, FeedMore chief executive officer, and Perdue driver John Joe.|
|Perdue associates Nikki Eley-Judkins, back left, and Delphine Harper help residents fill bags will food during a mobile pantry in Petersburg on Tuesday, Dec. 16.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, December 19, 2014) — Perdue Farms delivered a load of fresh chicken to FeedMore in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, Dec. 17 as part of a celebration to mark a 15-year partnership in the fight against hunger in central Virginia.
In December alone, Perdue has donated 58,000 pounds of poultry products to FeedMore, which serves neighbors in need across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and five cities, ranging from rural and suburban to urban localities. Wednesday’s delivery was 10,000 pounds of chicken. In fiscal year 2014, Perdue gave 2.3 million pounds of protein to FeedMore for distribution through FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe.
Through volunteerism and generous donations like Perdue’s, “we are able to meet the needs of more than 213,000 seniors, families and children each year,” said Doug Pick, FeedMore’s CEO and president.
“We will continue to donate to FeedMore as part of our commitment to help fight hunger,” said Sam Rascona, facility manager for Perdue’s Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center in Prince George, from where the products were delivered.
The Perdue-FeedMore partnership has endured for 15 years because Perdue officials can trust FeedMore for the “safe distribution of the products we donate,” Rascona said. He noted that nationwide, Perdue has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products over the past 15 years through Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks. “That’s two tractor-trailer loads each week,” he said.
Perdue’s associates also serve as volunteers at food distribution sites. They had volunteered just 24 hours earlier in Petersburg where FeedMore gave away 7,000 pounds of potatoes, Perdue chicken, eggs, chili with beans, milk, onions, cereal and apple juice in a low-income area through its Mobile Pantry, a refrigerated truck.
“We hope this donation will be especially helpful during the holidays, but we know that hunger is not limited to the holidays, and that’s why we make year-long donations,” Rascona said.
Over the past 15 years, Perdue has donated annually an average of 1 million to 1.5 million pounds of fresh chicken to FeedMore (and the Central Virginia Food Bank). That’s more than 15 million pounds of protein, which translates into 12.5 million meals for needy children, families and seniors across central Virginia.
Through Meals on Wheels, FeedMore feeds 1,000 individuals each weekday in Central Virginia. The Mobile Pantry goes to 14 “food deserts” in urban areas and feeds 5,000 individuals per month. Kids Café provides 2,200 snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year.
Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, non-profit, public, and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions that target our region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. From our Distribution Center that provided food for 17 million meals last year, the Hunger Hotline that connects people to nearby pantries, to our Meals on Wheels home deliveries, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in our region. For more information, visit www.feedmore.org.