|Perdue Farms and the Delmarva Shorebirds launcedh the 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., on Friday, April 10. From left to right are Chris Bitters, general manager of the Shorebirds, Jennifer Small, director of the Maryland Food Bank Salisbury branch, Chad Robinson, director of the Food Bank of Delaware Milford branch, Steve Schwalb, Perdue vice president of environmental sustainability, and Donna Phillips, office manager of the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.|
SALISBURY, Md. (April 10, 2015) — Building upon a company commitment to fighting hunger in our communities, Perdue Farms and the Delmarva Shorebirds announce the launch of the “2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva” in partnership with the three Delmarva food banks. The Shorebirds are the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
To jumpstart the season-long challenge the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation — the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms — has issued a $15,000 challenge grant to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Eastern Shore Branch of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
“At Perdue Farms, we believe that in a country as rich as our, non one should have to go hungry. That’s why the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is thrilled to continue its partnership in the fight against hunger through the Strike Out Hunger Challenge,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “Since 2011, this unique partnership between our Foundation, the Shorebirds and the region’s food banks has generated more than 400,000 meal equivalents to help our neighbors in need. We are very proud to be a part of such a collaborative effort of our greater community. Together, we can ‘Strike Out Hunger on Delmarva.’ ”
As Jimmy Sweet, assistant general manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds, said, “The Shorebirds are excited to work with Perdue and the three local food banks for the fifth year in a row. Together, we have made enormous strides since 2011 in helping provide for those in need and we are happy to continue our support in this noteworthy cause.”
How The ‘Challenge’ Works
The first $10,000 of the Foundation’s challenge grant will be divided equally among the three Delmarva food banks as a challenge to involve the Delmarva community in the regional fight against hunger. Each food bank must raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim their share of the $10,000 challenge grant. Any combination of pounds of food collected, funds collected and donated, or volunteer efforts from the Shorebirds’ home opener on Thursday, April 9, through the final game of the regular season at home on Wednesday, Sept. 2, will count toward each food bank’s challenge goal.
Perdue has also committed to donating $10 for each time Shorebirds’ pitchers strike out an opposing batter (up to $5,000). The $5,000 will be split equally between the three Delmarva food banks.
Shorebirds Plan Promotions To Support Strike Out Hunger
The Shorebirds plan a variety of promotions to generate interest in the Strike Out Hunger Challenge at their 70 home games.
The Shorebirds have designated the season’s 11 Sunday home games as “Strike Out Hunger Sundays.” If fans bring two non-perishable food items to the stadium they can receive a general admission ticket to that day’s game for $3. Food collected from the 11 Sunday home games will be distributed equally among the three food banks.
In addition, food donation barrels will be located at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, making it easy for fans to help by bringing food to the game or just stopping by the stadium.
A Sustained Partnership In The Fight Against Hunger
The 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva provides 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 and food banks have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge On Delmarva to generate more than 400,000 meal equivalents for those in need.
“More than 45,000 Eastern Shore Marylanders are at risk of food insecurity, never knowing when they will have their next meal,” said Jennifer Small, managing director of the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank. “Our participation in the 2015 Strike Out Hunger Challenge, in partnership with Perdue, the Delmarva Shorebirds, local businesses, groups and organizations, enables us and supported Delmarva food banks in Virginia and Delaware to Strike Out Hunger one meal at a time.”
“The Food Bank of Delaware is proud to partner again with Perdue Farms, the Delmarva Shorebirds and our food bank colleagues on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Chad Robinson, Milford branch manager of the Food Bank of Delaware. “When Americans think of baseball, they are reminded of the ‘American Dream’ and it is unfortunate that too many Americans cannot attain that dream because of hunger and food insecurity.
“Through the Strike Out Hunger Challenge, we are happy that important attention will be given to this issue and that Perdue and the Shorebirds are engaged in doing their part to help us ensure a community free of hunger,” he said.
Charmin Horton, branch manager of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, said, “This collaborative effort is critical to helping provide healthy, nutritious food to those in the Eastern Shore of Virginia community who struggle with hunger issues.”
If you, or your organization, would like to get involved in the 2015 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112 or one of the three participating food banks: Maryland (410) 742-0050, Delaware (302) 424-3301 or Virginia (757) 787-2557.
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® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® 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 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.™