| Dean Walston, director of Perdue operations in Milford, presents a check for $19,734 to United Way of Delaware. Pictured from left to right are Michelle Taylor, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Delaware, Peggy Geisler, executive director of the Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition, Claudia Peña Porretti, executive director of La Esperanza, Crystal Timmons, community relations representative for United Way of Sussex County, and Walston.|
Salisbury, Md. (February 7, 2013) — Associates from Perdue Farms’ operation in Milford, Del., pledged $19,734 in a recent campaign for the United Way of Delaware during a presentation in Milford on Wednesday, Feb 6. The contribution includes a $1,794 grant provided by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
Perdue associates in Milford have supported the United Way of Delaware since 1999. This year’s campaign allowed associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually support United Way partner agencies in Kent and Sussex counties.
“At Perdue, where teamwork is important to success, our associates as a team recognize the importance of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Dean Walston, director of Perdue operations in Milford. “I’m inspired by our associates’ willingness to dig deep into their pockets to support their local community, even in uncertain economic times. I’m proud of their commitment to helping others in the community.”
The United Way of Delaware is a non-profit organization whose mission is to maximize the community’s resources to improve the lives of all members in the community. Through the combination of generous individual and business contributions, the United Way of Delaware is able to support such agencies in Kent and Sussex counties as Kent-Sussex Industries, Boys & Girls clubs, American Red Cross, Read-A-Loud Delaware, the YWCA and Food Bank of Delaware.
Michelle Taylor, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Delaware, said, “A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But those who are giving see a glass of water and start looking for someone who might be thirsty. On behalf of United Way of Delaware, I extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to our friends at Perdue for your generosity in quenching the thirst for social and economic change throughout our communities across Delaware.”
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue Agribusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the Perdue brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to our third-generation of family leadership with chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned, family-operated business dedicated to making Perdue the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue, visit www.perdue.com.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.