Perdue Farms announced last week that the company has pledged to donate a minimum of one million pounds of protein — or four million servings — to support communities where it conducts business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donations are part of Perdue’s “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” hunger relief initiative.
Perdue has already directed more than 300,000 pounds of nutritious protein to Feeding America-affiliated food banks serving its communities since March 1, including in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Product donations will also be directed to help frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
“With the increased uncertainty of the prolonged impact of the coronavirus, the food banks and the communities they serve are facing the challenge of not having enough food to meet the growing need,” said Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day. “We believe that no one should have to go hungry, especially at this critical time. We’ll continue to look for ways to support our neighbors, including those on the frontlines in this crisis.”
Perdue is also providing its frontline plant production associates, who are essential to keeping America fed, with chicken products to take home to ease the burden.
“During non-crisis times, we are providing food to more than 117,000 food-insecure Delawareans. With thousands of more individuals out of work, we are seeing increased demands for services. Families who once donated their money and time to the Food Bank are now in need of assistance themselves. We are thankful for Perdue’s support to ensure that we can get nutritious foods into the hands of those who need it most,” said Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware community relations director, said.