|Representatives from Perdue Farms and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank stand amid the 10,000 pounds of protein Perdue donated to the food bank in Harrisburg, Pa. From left are Perdue driver Darren Hunt, Jennifer Powell, food bank director of development, Dick Cole, Perdue AgriBusiness grain marketing manager, and Joe Arthur, food bank executive director. |
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, April 24, 2015) — Perdue Farms has donated more than 10,000 pounds of chicken and turkey to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pa. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America-affiliated food banks like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
This donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of more than 800 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies serving families facing hunger. The donation has a retail value of nearly $23,000.
Over the past 15 years, Perdue Farms has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide through Feeding America, the network that provides much-needed help to 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
"At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should have to go hungry. That's why we partner with Feeding America and its network of community food banks — of which the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a valued partner — to ensure the safe and effective distribution of our product donations,” said Dick Cole, grain marketing manager for Perdue AgriBusiness. We're happy to deliver a truckload of products to help ease the burden for children and families in need in the region."
The number of people needing food assistance in central Pennsylvania remains at record levels. One in seven people, including one in five children, don’t have access to a stable source of nutritious food. The 10,000 pounds of donated poultry will provide center-of-the-plate protein for more than 8,000 meals and help individuals and families struggling with hunger in the 27 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
“This generous donation by Perdue is extremely vital to us because it is a healthy source of protein that we will distribute to people struggling to put food on the table,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “As we strive to solve hunger in central PA, working collaboratively with partners like Perdue Farms is essential. We look forward to partnering with Perdue Farms for many years and we are grateful for their commitment to fight hunger.”
About Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization that is able to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 800 local agencies, the Food Bank provides food to more than 55,000 people in need every week. For more information about the Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania call 717-564-1700 or visit centralpafoodbank.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.