Perdue Ensures Meals for Homebound Seniors

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From left to right are Cassandra Boyce, marketing and public relations manager, Meals on Wheels, Mari Considine, executive director, Meals on Wheels, Walston, Anne Love, director of donor relations, Meals on Wheels, and Megan Neal, Perdue human resources manager.

On Wednesday, November 28 The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation awarded Meals On Wheels Delaware a $2,000 Charitable Giving Grant to ensure homebound seniors throughout the state of Delaware receive a hot, nutritious meal daily. The grant will fund more than 250 much appreciated meals for the seniors in our state who otherwise would not have the means to provide meals for themselves. Last year, caring volunteers delivered more than 600,000 meals to nearly 4,000 homebound seniors throughout Delaware. Director of Operations at Perdue presented the check on behalf of Perdue Farms Incorporated.

“At Meals On Wheels Delaware, we know our success depends on the commitment of the local community,” commented Mari Considine, Executive Director of Meals On Wheels Delaware. “This grant will help ensure homebound seniors are not put on a waiting list; rather they are able to rely on consistent meal deliveries and the comforts our dedicated volunteers provide each day. This grant speaks highly of Perdue’s commitment to their community.”

The Charitable Giving Grant is awarded on a quarterly basis to support organizations and programs that benefit the communities where large numbers of Perdue’s associates live and work. Perdue, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has recognized and responded to the prevalence of hunger among Delaware’s seniors, especially in Sussex County, where Perdue has a number of facilities. Sussex County, having less than 25% of Delaware’s residents, needs 38% of meals delivered by Meals On Wheels Delaware agencies.

“It’s part of the company’s culture to support the communities where our employees live,” commented Dean Walston, Director of Operations at Perdue in Milford. “The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation gives us the opportunity to support organization that support our community.”

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Perdue Family of Companies, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The Foundation provides grants on behalf of the Perdue Family of Companies communities where large numbers of associates live and work.

“We are consistently impressed by the understanding of business leaders and individual volunteers who come together to ensure that we are there for those who need a helping hand to remain healthy and live independently,” commented Ms. Considine,  “…and the seniors we serve are extremely grateful for the funds Perdue has given to support our mission.”