Perdue Farms’ associates present a $4,875 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to representatives of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc. From left are Pat Brannen, director of operations, Meals on Wheels; Jolynn Youmans, billing specialist, Meals on Wheels; Robin Hutchings, home delivered meal supervisor; Cathy Pope, executive director, Meals on Wheels; Tamica Freeman, director of social services, Meals on Wheels; Maria Rivera, complex human resources manager at Perdue in Perry; Stephanie Sampson, assessor, Meals on Wheels; Camilla Rutland, home delivered meal assistant; and Wally Hunter, director of operations at Perdue in Perry.
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, October 1 2015) — Perdue Farms, through a $4,875 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is pleased to continue its partnership in helping Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc. provide hot meals for at-risk seniors.
The grant funded by the company’s charitable giving arm will provide 780 nutritious meals for one year to three seniors on the Meals On Wheels’ waiting list in Monroe County.
“We’re grateful to have the continued support of Perdue and the Foundation to help at-risk seniors maintain dignified and independent lifestyles,” said Cathy Pope, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia. “The seniors who will benefit from this funding are among 326 clients who have been on a waiting list for assistance.”
As Pope explains, nearly 16 percent of Georgia’s seniors face the threat of hunger, well above the national average, according to The National Foundation To End Senior Hunger statistics. “Many of our seniors have to choose between buying medication or buying food,” said Pope.
“Achieving food security in our seniors is not simply a basic need but a fundamental human right, and it is our moral obligation to enhance their well-being and human dignity,” she said. “When we show our seniors the respect they deserve, provide friendship, comfort and hope, everyone in the community benefits. We’re proud to have Perdue as our partner.”
Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia provides more than 364,000 nutritionally balanced meals to more than 1,300 clients in Bibb, Crawford, Jones, and Monroe counties.
“At Perdue, we believe that no one should go hungry, especially in an area where our associates live and work,” said Wally Hunter, director of Perdue operations in Perry, Ga., in neighboring Houston County. “When we were first informed about the waiting list for Meals on Wheels in Middle Georgia two years ago, we knew we wanted to do something to help address this critical situation. We are happy to be able to continue to help this worthy organization make a difference to those in need.”
About Meals onWheels of Middle Georgia Inc.
Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc., a non-profit service agency, has proudly served the senior population in Bibb County since 1974 by providing nutritious meals and other services. We work closely with the Area Agency on Aging to deliver services to homebound elderly and disabled residents in Bibb, Crawford, Jones and Monroe counties. Our volunteers and staff are delivering more than good food; we provide friendship, comfort and hope. We believe that our elders and disabled neighbors retain a sense of independence and dignity when they are able to live in their own homes. To learn more, visit www.mealsonwheelsmidga.com.
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.™