Perdue Farms donates $50,000, five tons of chicken

Perdue Farms donates $50,000, five tons of chicken

Perdue Farms delivered a $50,000 Arthur W Perdue Foundation grant and a truckload of fresh chicken to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona VA to celebrate a 15-year partnership in the fight against hunger in the Shenandoah Valley.

The funds will help pay for renovations to the food bank’s Shenandoah Valley distribution center and headquarters. In addition to the check, Perdue delivered 10,000 pounds of chicken products to the food bank for distribution through partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

“This is a truly significant gift.  The renovations we’ve done mean we can house more fresh produce, repackage bulk foods, which saves on processing fees, and store more dry goods,” said Karen Ratzlaff, chief philanthropy officer at the food bank. “Because of gifts like these, the food bank has room for more than 200,000 pounds of additional food.”

In recognition of the grant, the food bank dedicated a new freezer in honor of the late Franklin P Perdue, former chairman of Perdue Farms. The freezer will be used to store poultry and other types of protein for distribution throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Perdue has a commitment to provide the hunger-relief organization Feeding America with a minimum two million pounds of protein annually. That’s the equivalent of eight million meals a year. Over the past 16 years, Perdue Farms has donated more than 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide to Feeding America. Since 2000, Perdue has donated more than 1.8 million pounds of food to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, or the equivalent of more than 1.5 million meals.

Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. Headquartered in Verona, the food bank serves 25 counties and nine cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Verona. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank distributes nearly 24.8 million pounds of food annually to 118,600 people each month through a network of 208 community partners.

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