SALISBURY MD. — Perdue Farms associates presented a check for $280,309 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore during a presentation here on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The contribution includes associates’ pledges of $187,204 and a $93,105 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
Perdue and its associates have a 27-year history of support for the United Way through local chapters in nine states. Since 1988, contributions to United Way have totaled more than $7.1 million, including nearly $6 million in pledges by associates. Associates pledged more than $513,000 to local United Way chapters during 2014 campaigns.
As Chairman Jim Perdue explains, “Our associates have a long and committed history of generosity when it comes to the community, especially to the United Way. It never ceases to amaze me how our associates respond to the need in the community year after year. At Perdue, we’re very proud of their compassion and their commitment.”
The local Perdue contribution brings the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore closer to reaching its $1.6 million campaign goal.
“At the United Way, we’re blessed to have a partner like Perdue Farms and their generous associates whose compassion knows no boundaries in their support for the community,” said Kathleen Mommé, executive director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Their nearly three decades of support for United Way is unmatched in our community. Through their support, Perdue associates continue to help create a safety net that impacts the lives of thousands of Lower Shore residents every year.”
Perdue is the No. 1 contributor to the 2014 United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore campaign. Since 1994, Perdue associates have contributed more than $2.8 million to the local United Way.
All the monies contributed by Perdue will remain on the Lower Shore to support crucial programs and services provided by 25 local agencies through 57 programs.
Each year, Perdue volunteers in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties help spread the word about the campaign to inspire associates to support the United Way.
“We visit each one of our facilities and share personal stories about the agencies that benefit from United Way support,” said Jennifer Cannon, Perdue campaign co-chair. “Our associates understand how United Way touches people directly in our communities, and in some cases the lives of their family members. I’m proud of our associates and our company for continuing to support United Way and giving back to the community.”
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®, PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM®, and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brand; 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 and our Corporate Responsibility Report at http://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.™