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 and agriculture company, we are uniquely positioned to help thousands of Americans experiencing food insecurity. Through collaborative partnerships, our nutritious protein donations helped struggling individuals and families put meals on their tables in FY23, especially during difficult economic times.
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 FY23, we delivered more than 92 million pounds of protein to regional food banks serving our communities – the equivalent of 77 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. In FY23, the Foundation earmarked nearly $1.7 million to 71 non-profits in our communities. 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, the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and three food banks on the Delmarva Peninsula, have delivered more than 1.3 million meals through the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva.
In FY23, the collaborative partnership, which also engages Shorebirds fans and the community at-large, generated 136,000 meals to help those struggling with food insecurity in our neighbors.
In 2022, 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 third 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:
Perdue truckers continue a holiday tradition in Salisbury, Maryland by giving residents of the Holly Center rides in their big rigs. It’s a State of Maryland residential facility for people with mental and physical disabilities. Operation Teddy Bear enables Holly Center residents to take a ride in a big rig on an 11-mile loop in the community.
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.
Our collaboration with Edesia Nutrition is helping the nonprofit social enterprise deliver lifesaving, ready-to-use foods to help nourish millions of malnourished children around the world.
In 2022, Perdue Farms donated $125,000 to Edesia for the purchase of a tractor-trailer. Today, the co-branded rig is an important part of the Edesia supply chain. Each truckload transports 1,170 boxes of nutrient-dense products, and one
box saves one life.
From its Rhode Island production facility, the Edesia Nutrition team manufactures nutrient-dense, ready-to-eat foods that are serving more than 2.5 million children worldwide annually. Perdue AgriBusiness supplies Edesia with heart-healthy high-oleic soy-bean oil for some of its products.
“Perdue’s truck donation is an absolute game changer in how we can now transport our products from our warehouses to the ports to the malnourished children around the world who depend on us to deliver life-saving food.”
— Navyn Salem
Edesia Nutrition CEO and Founder
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 endeavor 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 2022, the Perdue Foundation awarded nearly $1.7 million in grants to 71 non-profit organizations. Some of those included: