CHICAGO — Maryland Food Bank and America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network presented Jim Perdue of Perdue Farms with the 2005 Hunger’s Hope Protein Donor of the Year award.

Perdue was recognized for its commitment to donate a minimum of 1 million pounds of poultry each year to America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network. In 2005, they far exceeded that goal by donating more than 1.8 million pounds to help feed America’s hungry.

Product donations came from 14 processing plants and distribution centers and enabled food banks in 21 states to provide highly-sought protein to food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other community programs.

A significant supporter of the Maryland Food Bank since its founding more than 25 years ago, Perdue has partnered with America’s Second Harvest since 2000.

“We’re proud to partner with America’s Second Harvest to help support the communities where we do business and others across the country,” said Jim Perdue. “Not only does it serve as a way for us to safely donate our surplus products, but also as a means of helping millions of people in need.”

“Perdue Farms continues its leadership as the largest donor of poultry to America’s Second Harvest. Their donation policy serves as a model to other companies in the poultry industry,” said Robert Forney, president and CEO of America’s Second Harvest, who presented the award at the Maryland Food Bank’s Salisbury, Md., branch. “High-protein donations like this are especially welcomed by our food banks, as we make every effort to provide our clients with nutritious food.”

To offset transportation and storage challenges, Perdue donated two refrigerated trailers to the Salisbury Branch of the Maryland Food Bank in 2005.

During the devastating 2005 hurricane season, Perdue pledged an additional 250,000 pounds of product to America’s Second Harvest to aid the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes nearly two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.

The America’s Second Harvest Network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes.

Last year, the America’s Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 23 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million seniors. For more on America’s Second Harvest, visit www.secondharvest.org.

Ranked third in sales in the poultry industry, Perdue Incorporated is a leading international food and agriculture businesses providing quality products and services to customers in more than 40 countries.

Privately held and family-run for three generations, the company employs more than 20,000 associates and partners with 7,500 independent farm families — all who share in the commitment to quality, service and reliability that has guided the company since its founding in 1920.

For more information, contact the Perdue Farms public relations office at 410-341-2533 or visit www.perdue.com.

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