Perdue Volunteers Assist Milford Food Bank

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Perdue Associates Edgardo Torres, left, and Chris Karol.

On Tuesday, January 19, associates from Perdue Farms’ Incorporated in Milford joined Food Bank of Delaware representatives at the Milford branch in creating food packages to help feed at-risk seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Twenty volunteers from the Perdue Farms Inc. Milford Complex helped to fill 300 boxes on Tuesday morning that will be distributed throughout Kent and Sussex Counties.

“Perdue is very dedicated to working with communities in which our employees live,” commented Megan Neal, Perdue Farms, Human Resources Manager. “This is a great opportunity for our employees to give back to their community.”

Through a national partnership with Feeding America, Perdue has committed to donate 2 million pounds of food to local food assistance programs this year. According to Executive Director at the Milford Food Bank of Delaware Chad Robinson, Perdue donates on average 4 million pounds of food per year to Feeding America, 500,000 of which comes directly to the Food Bank of Delaware.

“The CSFP boxes that were put together today will serve to improve the health of low-income senior citizens in Kent and Sussex Counties by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods,” stated Mr. Robinson. “We are grateful to have Perdue as a community partner, there is a real value here to know that they are continually giving back to the community they serve.”

Perdue Farms Inc. has also supported the Milford Food Bank of Delaware by committing $60,000 over three years to assist in the new expansion currently underway at the Milford location. The 8,000-foot addition to the current facility includes a full-sized industrial kitchen designed to expand The Culinary School housed at the facility and create a larger volunteer room to provide hunger-relief in Kent and Sussex Counties. Construction on the Food Bank expansion is expected to be completed by April 2013. The $2.8 million project will bring approximately 75-100 new jobs to Milford.

“Giving back to our community is part of our company culture,” commented Bill See, Corprate Communications Specialist. “It is a grassroots volunteer effort driven by our employees.”

The Leadership Team at Perdue Farms Inc. looks to continue their partnership with The Food Bank of Delaware throughout the year through food donations and volunteer services. Food collected by the Food Bank is distributed to people in need of food assistance through the Food Bank of Delaware’s 475 hunger-relief program partners which include local churches, food pantries, shelters and low-income daycare centers.