Perdue’s decades-long partnership with United Way began in 1964 in its hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, with United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. Since then, Perdue Farms and its associates have donated more than $9 million to United Way. The vast majority of these contributions are through associates’ support of local campaigns through personal pledges and fundraising, as well as volunteer hours. In 2018, associates contributed more than $584,000.
Jennifer Cannon has been Perdue Farms' Employee Campaign Coordinator since 2009. She's recruited employee volunteers at Perdue's 20 locations across the United States, and has been recognized by United Way of the Lower Easten Shore as Volunteer of the Year, Coordinator of the Year and in 2018, earned its Heart of the United Way Award.
But Jen is not the only person with passion at Perdue. Associates step up to help their communities, time and time again. Perdue truck drivers moved more than 2 million pounds of product donations to assist recovery efforts after back-to-back hurricanes and wildfires devasted communities across the U.S. in 2017.
Perdue Farms is a fourth-generation, family owned U.S. food and agriculture company. The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue. As part of its belief in supporting the communities where it does business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of its associates live and work. In 2017, the foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to 71 non-profit organizations.