pounds of food donated to Feeding America since 2000
meal equivalents donated to Feeding America since 2000
donated to 69 non-profit organizations
In Baltimore, Perdue Farms joined the Baltimore Police Department and Somebody Cares Baltimore to provide protein to more than 1,700 families in three local neighborhoods as part of the 2020 National Faith & Blue Weekend, a powerful initiative that builds bridges to more engaged communities. At the heart of this initiative is the reinforcement of connections between law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.
In early 2020, we awarded $100,000 in grants to 10 food bank partners in our local communities. One recipient, Food Bank of the Albemarle in eastern North Carolina, used the funds to purchase a new tractor trailer to help distribute more food within their service area.
In 2020, Feeding America® recognized Perdue Farms as a Guiding Partner for its donation of nearly 5 million pounds of food products, primarily chicken. It was the first year in the company’s five-year commitment to donate a minimum 20 million pounds by 2025.
At Perdue Farms, we are committed to being a strong partner and responsible member of the communities where we live and work. As a food company, we are uniquely positioned to help thousands of Americans experiencing food insecurity amid the pandemic through our “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors®” initiative.
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. During our Fiscal Year 2020, we have delivered more than 86 million pounds of protein to regional food banks serving our communities – the equivalent of 71 million meals. Perdue Farms was one of the first meat companies to implement a formal program for ongoing donations of perishable protein products, creating a model for other companies to follow.
Since March 2020, Perdue delivered more than four million pounds of protein to support food bank pandemic-relief efforts in our communities and beyond, and in support of frontline health-care workers, first responders, and community-based hunger-relief programs
Throughout the pandemic, Perdue Farms provided support to its neighbors in numerous ways, including:
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 2020, Perdue associates helped contribute more than $433,600 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.
Our associates raised more than $205,000 in support of local American Cancer Society (ACS) efforts last year. In 2020, associates in Lewiston, N.C., raised $165,000 for Relay for Life, bringing their legacy of giving to more than $1.7 million. Their effort earned the “Hero of Research Award” from ACS and the right to fund a three-year breast cancer research project at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We are so grateful to everyone at Perdue Farms for their tremendous support. 2020 was one of the most challenging years in our history. It prompted all of us to innovate and find new ways to serve our patients and connect with our communities. Throughout these changes, Perdue’s support enabled us to continue serving cancer patients during the pandemic.” - Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society.
In Salisbury, MD., associates provided Christmas gifts for more than 500 children and families in support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, continuing a years-long tradition to spread a little holiday cheer.
As part of our ongoing commitment to honor veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, Perdue truck drivers participated 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 14 years delivered more than 230,000 wreaths to cemeteries from New York to Florida.
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 2020, the Perdue Foundation awarded $1.5 million to 69 nonprofit organizations. Some of those included:
to fight hunger and poverty
to social causes and mentoring
to community improvement and public safety
to agriculture and the environment
to education and literacy
to COVID-19 Relief Programs
to disaster-relief efforts