Salisbury-based Perdue Farms Friday announced it has delivered another 140,000 pounds of protein — or 560,000 servings — to the Maryland Food Bank and five others as part of its commitment to donate a minimum of 1 million pounds of protein to support communities where it conducts business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is nearly halfway toward meeting its 1 million pounds commitment, which is part of Perdue’s “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” hunger relief initiative.
Perdue has directed more than 450,000 pounds of nutritious protein to Feeding America-affiliated food banks serving its communities, including in Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Perdue is also directing product donations to help frontline health care workers and first responders.
Food banks across the U.S., including the Maryland Food Bank, are under widespread and growing pressure as they cope with an ever-increasing demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Perdue is continuing to provide its frontline plant production associates, who are essential to America’s food supply, with chicken products to take home to ease the burden.
To further bolster its community outreach and commitment to transparency, Perdue has hosted more than 15 virtual Town Hall-style webinars at locations where it has production operations. The goal is to further facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding COVID-19 with various local community leaders including pastors, health care professionals, elected officials, civic organizations and more.