May 22, 2020 - The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, has awarded a $10,000 grant to help America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah feed individuals, families and seniors struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. The grant aligns with Perdue’s “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” hunger relief initiative.
Coastal Georgia food bank will use the funds to help feed some 6,500 individuals through its Mobile Pantry Program, which is designed to provide emergency food relief to rural residents who struggle to have enough to eat. Within the food bank’s 21-county service area, one in six people struggles with hunger, including one in five children.
“Because of the generous Perdue Foundation donation, more people in our community will have access to healthy food, which is extremely critical during these times of uncertainty,” said Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of Coastal Georgia food bank.
“In coastal Georgia, there are 141,000 people who are at risk for hunger during normal times, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, that number will likely double and even triple. We are witnessing lines of 1,000 vehicles at a time with people waiting to receive food, many spending the night in their vehicles, so they are able to be served,” said Crouch.
As Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, explains, “We continue to see an alarming increase in need in our communities as a result of economic instability brought on by COVID-19, including the basic need to put food on the table. We’re hopeful that providing this financial support will bring some level of comfort to our neighbors in need in coastal Georgia.”
Perdue Farms employees more than 2,400 associates in Georgia, including about 100 people who work at the company’s Southeast Distribution Center in Rincon in Effingham County.