While the month of January signifies the beginning of a new year, it is also a time of reflection on the successes and challenges of the year prior. Looking back at a year of social responsibility, Perdue Farms donated more than 5.3 million pounds of protein to combat hunger in 2021 to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit organizations as part of its Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors® initiative. Consisting of primarily chicken, these food donations are the equivalent of over 21 million servings of protein.
"This remains a challenging time for so many of our neighbors, especially those trying to provide nutritious meals amid the added hardships of the pandemic," said Randy Day, Chief Executive Officer of Perdue Farms. "Through our network of community food banks, pantries, and nonprofit partnerships who are on the front lines in the fight against food insecurity, we are able to get millions of pounds of nutritious protein to people who are worried about feeding their families and themselves."
The company's Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors initiative focuses on improving quality of life and building stronger communities where Perdue associates live and work, as explained in a press release. Demonstrating the strength of this initiative, the company has donated more than 90 million pounds of protein to support efforts to relieve food insecurity since 2000.
In 2021, Perdue's protein donations helped the Food Bank of the Albemarle feed neighbors in its 15-county service area in northeast North Carolina, an underserved area where 16 percent of the population lives with food insecurity.
"Our mission is to alleviate hunger and deliver hope to our neighbors who live with food insecurity on a daily basis," said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. "The continued generous donations of food and financial support from Perdue enable us to meet the needs of individuals and families who continue to struggle with putting a meal on the table. Without their support, we'd struggle to provide high-quality, nutritious food."
To read about the meat provider's other philanthropic efforts throughout 2021, and how the company continuously supports its communities, click here.
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