|The 2013 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva generated the equivalent of 111,000 meals in partnership with the Delmarva Shorebirds and three Feeding America-affiliated food banks on Delmarva. Pictured from left to right are: Doug Wilson, president of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; Charmin Horton, branch manager of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore; Jennifer Small, director of the Food Bank of Maryland, Eastern Shore Branch; Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; Chris Bitters, general manger of the Delmarva Shorebirds; and Chad Robinson, director of the Food Bank of Delaware, Milford Branch.|
SALISBURY, Md. (September 13, 2013) — As part of a company commitment to help Feeding America in the fight to end hunger, Perdue Farms partnered with the Delmarva Shorebirds and three Delmarva food banks for the season-long 2013 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva to generate 111,000 meals across Delmarva communities.
“At Perdue, we believe that no one should go hungry, and the Strike Out Hunger Challenge provides a large stage to bring the problem of hunger on Delmarva to the forefront,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “The way in which the food banks, the Shorebirds and the community have stepped up and embraced this campaign this year will make a tremendous impact in the lives of so many in need on Delmarva. We’re proud to be a part of such a meaningful grass-roots community effort!”
As a way to drive the second annual Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue issued a $15,000 challenge grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
As a challenge to engage the Delmarva community in fighting hunger, each of the food banks was required to raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim their equal share of the first $10,000 of the Foundation challenge grant. This included any combination of pounds of food collected, funds collected and donated or volunteer efforts from the opening of the 2013 season in April through the final home game of the regular season on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Perdue also donated $10 for each time the Shorebirds’ pitchers struck out an opposing batter up to $5,000. The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore joined Perdue in matching its $10 strike out challenge, making each strike out worth $20, for a total of $10,000, which was split equally between the three food banks.
“We were pleased to continue our partnership with Perdue and the Delmarva Shorebirds Strike Out Hunger campaign,” said Doug Wilson, president of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. “This campaign is a great opportunity to help educate and raise the community’s awareness regarding hunger in our region. We support Perdue and the Shorebirds’ efforts in this important region wide initiative.”
The Strike Out Hunger Challenge concept was launched in 2011 in conjunction with the South Atlantic League All-Star game hosted by the Shorebirds. That campaign generated more than one quarter of a million meals across South Atlantic League communities, including the Delmarva Peninsula. The campaign continued last year with the three Delmarva food banks, and in three years, the Strike Out Hunger Challenge has generated more than 360,000 meals.
This season, the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank based in Salisbury accumulated the equivalent of more than 36,000 meals through a variety of food and fund drives by local businesses, organizations, students and Perdue associate volunteers.
“Though valued community partnerships, and the continued support and commitment shared with Perdue and the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore has provided more than 36,000 meals to families and communities in need, helping to strike out hunger one meal at a time,” said Jennifer Small, food bank director.
Through the Eastern Shore Branch of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, food drives, donations, fund-raising and volunteerism produced more than 33,400 meals. Local elementary schools conducted food drives as part of their DARE Program, while one student at the school on Tangier Island collected 1,806 pounds of food. More than 5,000 pounds of produce was harvested from the food bank’s community garden.
“Anytime a community, and in this case three communities in three different states, comes together to show support for one cause speaks volumes,” said Charmin Horton, branch manager, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “This summer has been difficult for the food banks trying to keep up with an even greater demand and the partnerships with Perdue and the Shorebirds make it possible for us to provide much-needed food to the seniors, children and working families of our Eastern Shore communities. The $5,000 received from the Perdue Foundation will provide almost 15,000 meals on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.”
In Delaware, more than 1,700 volunteer hours generated the equivalent of nearly 41,000 meals.
“The Food Bank of Delaware is grateful to the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge for the opportunity to participate. This challenge is a great way to engage our volunteers in giving their time to the Food Bank of Delaware, while allowing us to access the kindness of the Strike Out Hunger campaign,” said Chad Robinson, director of the Milford branch. “We are proud to stand with the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, and the Maryland Food Bank in our combined mission of alleviating hunger in the communities in which we live and work.”
Throughout the regular season, the Shorebirds promoted Sunday home games as “Strike Out Hunger Challenge Sundays.” Fans who brought two non-perishable food items received a discounted general admission ticket to that day’s game.
“The Shorebirds are overwhelmed with the support the Strike Out Hunger Campaign received this year,” said Chris Bitters, general manager of the Shorebirds. “The Strike Out Hunger Campaign is a great cause that the Shorebirds have been glad to be a part of since 2011 and look forward to being a part of it in the future. This year, Shorebirds fans showed why they are some of the greatest sports fans by the support they gave for this year’s campaign.”
In addition to its support of Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms is committed to provide the Feeding America network of food banks and pantries with a minimum annual donation of two million pounds of product, the equivalent of eight million meals.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the Perdue brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to our third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family owned, family operated business dedicated to making Perdue the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue, visit www.perdue.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.