Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors®
Giving back has long been a part of the Perdue Farms culture. That tradition continues through our “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors®” outreach to improve quality of life and build strong communities where we live and work, and beyond.
As a food company, we are uniquely positioned to help thousands of Americans experiencing food insecurity. Through collaborative partnerships, our nutritious protein donations help struggling individuals and families put a meal on their table. The long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic challenges have amplified the need in our communities. Throughout the pandemic, Perdue Farms has donated more than 10 million pounds of protein (the equivalent of more than 40 million servings) to help combat hunger.
Since 2000, Perdue Farms has partnered with Feeding America® and its network of food banks to help neighbors in our communities who are struggling with food insecurity. Through our Fiscal Year 2021, we have delivered more than 88 million pounds of protein to regional food banks serving our communities – the equivalent of 73 million meals. Perdue Farms was one of the first meat companies to implement a formal program of ongoing donations of perishable protein products, creating a model for other companies to follow.
We are also dedicated to Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors in our communities in other ways, including through the power of volunteerism and encouraging our associates to engage in causes to support our neighbors. Our associates have big hearts and are making a difference in their communities.
We also improve quality of life in our communities with targeted philanthropic partnerships through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Through the pandemic, the Foundation earmarked nearly $3 million in grants to 157 non-profits across communities where our associates live and work. The financial contributions strengthen our communities by focusing efforts on education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services, public safety, and fighting hunger and poverty.
Here are some examples of how Perdue Farms supported its neighbors in FY21:
Since 2011, Perdue Farms, in partnership with the Delmarva Shorebirds minor league baseball team and three food banks on the Delmarva Peninsula, have delivered more than 1.2 million meals through the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva.
In 2021, the collaborative partnership, which also engages Shorebirds’ fans and the community at-large, generated 173,000 meals to help those struggling with food insecurity in our neighbors.
“This annual campaign remains a pivotal part of the Maryland Food Bank’s ability to meet the needs of those who struggle to feed their families. As a result of our long-standing partnership with Perdue Farms and the Delmarva Shorebirds, and the support committed through the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, we can provide more food to Eastern Shore Marylanders challenged by food insecurity.”
In 2021, Feeding America® recognized Perdue Farms as a Guiding Partner for its donation of more than four million pounds of nutritious protein, primarily chicken. It was the second year in the company’s five-year commitment to donate a minimum of 20 million pounds by 2025. Since 2000, Perdue Farms has provided Feeding America®:
At Perdue Farms, we are committed to being a trusted partner in the communities where we live and work by engaging and helping our neighbors in ways to improve the quality of life. We encourage our associates to volunteer their time and engage in causes to support our neighbors. Their big hearts are making a difference in their communities. Here are some examples:
In 2021, Perdue associates helped contribute more than $400,000 in personal pledges and fund-raising for local United Ways in our communities. Our associates’ donations often represent the largest percent of contributions to support those local United Way campaigns. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation provides partial matching grants to support associates’ contributions and other funding that supports our United Way partners in our communities.
Across our company footprint, associates provide holiday gifts for hundreds of children and families through partnerships with The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and other similar programs with nonprofits.
As part of our ongoing commitment to honor veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, each December Perdue truck drivers participate in the Wreaths Across America mission to deliver remembrance wreaths to the nation’s veterans cemeteries. Our drivers, many of them veterans, have for the past 15 years delivered more than 275,000 wreaths to cemeteries from New York to Florida.
Over the past year, Niman Ranch has stepped up in many ways to help its neighbors and partners in need, including restaurants struggling to make it through Covid-19 shutdowns, displaced families following natural disasters and hunger relief.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is the charitable-giving arm of Perdue Farms. Through grants, we strive to support organizations and programs that benefit the communities where our associates live and work. We work to strengthen our communities by focusing our efforts on education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services, public safety, and fighting hunger and poverty. We also support events that celebrate the heritages and cultures of our communities.
In 2021, the Perdue Foundation awarded $1.45 million in grants to 88 non-profit organizations. Some of those included: