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Perdue donates 28,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank

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Second Harvest of South Georgia employees hold some of the 28,000 pounds of protein donated by Perdue Farms. From left are Kenny Katzka, Hannah Peverill, Maryam Tiger and Donald Williams.

Salisbury, Md. (Friday, February 13, 2015) – Perdue Farms recently donated more than 28,000 pounds of chicken to Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America food banks like Second Harvest.  This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of partner agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters, and after school feeding programs.

Over the past 15 years, Perdue Farms has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide through Feeding America.

Hunger is a pervasive problem in South Georgia. One in four people, including one in three children, in South Georgia do not have access to a stable source of food, according to Second Harvest officials. Georgia ranks fourth in childhood hunger in the United States, and Second Harvest’s 30county service area has the highest rates of any region in the state. Complicating the issue is the fact that generally at-risk individuals and family can afford food that is of little nutritional value.

“All of us at Perdue are proud to stand in partnership in the fight against hunger with Feeding America and its nationwide partner network of which Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia is a valued member,” said Tommy Waters, director of Perdue operations in Gainesville, Ga., from where the protein was sourced. “At Perdue, we believe that in a nation as rich as our, no one should have to go hungry. It’s through donations like this that enable us to help our partners feed those in need.” 

As Frank Richards, CEO of Second Harvest explains, “This donation is particularly beneficial to us because it is a healthy source of protein that we can distribute to those in need. Fighting hunger in our area is not something Second Harvest can do alone. It takes a cooperative effort to make a difference. Perdue Farms has been a valuable partner in that work for a many years, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

About Second Harvest of South Georgia
Second Harvest of South Georgia serves 30 South Georgia counties and is the largest rural food bank in Georgia. Headquartered in Valdosta, the organization has locations in Albany, Douglas and Thomasville. Through its network of more than 450 partner charities and through our programs, Second Harvest distributed more than 19 million pounds of food in the past year to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger.  Second Harvest operates a variety of programs, including the Food Bank, Farm to Family, Kids Café, Teachers Harvest, Manna Drop Mobile Food Pantry and more. For more information on how to help alleviate hunger in South Georgia, visit www.feedingsga.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. 

 

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