Perdue Farms is touting a milestone on the road to its promise of donating one million pounds of protein to support its communities amid the COVID-19 crisis. The most recent delivery of 140,000 pounds of protein—or 560,000 servings—went to six food banks, making more than 450,000 pounds of total donations to date.
"With the continuing impact of the coronavirus being felt across the U.S. and within our communities, people are relying more heavily on food banks to make ends meet," said Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms. "We remain committed to helping meet the tremendous needs within our communities, including those who struggle to put food on their tables for their families during this crisis."
Perdue noted its donations of nutritious protein have gone to Feeding America-affiliated food banks serving its communities, including in the following states:
For a detailed list of the food banks that have been supported, click here.
"Our food distribution efforts have increased 100 percent compared to this time last year, and our network of community organizations report a surge in demand since the onset of COVID-19," Maryland Food Bank President and CEO, Carmen Del Guercio, said. "We are extremely thankful for Perdue's donation of nutritious chicken during this critical time, as it will go a long way to meet the needs of those who need it most across Maryland."
This latest contribution puts the company nearly halfway to its million-pound commitment, which is part of its "Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors" hunger relief initiative.
"The donation from Perdue will allow the food bank to provide the equivalent of 35,000 meals to our friends and neighbors," said Peter Werbicki, President/CEO, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. "We are so thankful to Perdue for helping us make an impact in a time of unprecedented need in our community."
Perdue is also directing product donations to help frontline healthcare workers and first responders, according to a press release, as well as continuing to provide its frontline plant production associates with chicken products to take home to help ease any food-related burdens for those essential to America's food supply.
The company has also hosted more than 15 virtual Town Hall-style webinars at locations where it has production operations, which it said is to help further transparency and further facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding COVID-19 with various local community leaders.
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