At a time when giving back is on the minds of many people across the globe, Perdue Farms is no different. The company recently unveiled a new refrigerated tractor-trailer to support Feed More of Richmond, Virginia's, efforts to distribute food within 34 cities and counties that the food bank serves. The new tractor-trailer was funded through a $100,000 grant awarded by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable arm of Perdue Farms, and comes as part of the company's 100th anniversary celebration.
"At Perdue Farms, we're committed to doing all that we can to support the communities we call home, and value our ability to help address the issue of food insecurity," said Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Perdue Foundation. "We're proud that we can expand our partnership with Feed More through this gift and improve their ability to help meet the needs of our neighbors in Central Virginia, especially during this uncertain time."
According to a press release, Perdue's gift to Feed More has enabled the food bank to deliver more fresh produce and protein throughout the regions that it serves. The new Perdue trailer is able to hold 40,000 pounds of food, which can provide 35,000 meals to those in need.
The new trailer will also give Feed More the opportunity to pick up more perishable food items from partners like Perdue as well as other producers, grocers, and distributors in the area. This will allow less spoilage and more efficiency as the food bank aims to help the most people possible.
"Perdue has been an outstanding partner for two decades," said Tim McDermott, Chief Campaign Officer for Feed More. "Their commitment to fight hunger in Central Virginia has been constant throughout this time. The protein they donate each year provides vital nutrition for those we serve. Their associates volunteer their time with several of our programs, and this most recent very generous grant comes at a time when many more people do not know when or how their next meal will arrive."
Over the course of Perdue's partnership with Feed More, the company has provided over 20 million pounds of chicken as well as freezer and refrigeration equipment. Perdue's associate volunteer support and funding have also played an integral role in expanding Feed More's network.
The Perdue Foundation's gift is part of its announcement in January that it will be donating $1 million to support 10 of its Feeding America® affiliated food bank partners in order to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
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