The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has received this week $10,000 in grant funding from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to support the Mobile Pantry Program serving Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Perdue Farms is also  contributing 20,000 pounds of lean protein products as part of the donation. This combined contribution will enable the Foodbank to distribute close to 40,000 meals to children, seniors, and families facing hunger in Northampton and Accomack counties.

 “Perdue has supported the Foodbank for over two decades and this latest gift demonstrates their continued passion and support of the goal to solve hunger in our community,” said Marianne Smith Vargas, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Foodbank. “Being able to distribute healthy items like lean chicken is critical because it is a great source of protein that our customers need in their daily diet, but often have to go without.”

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America® and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for those facing hunger since 1981. To date, they have distributed over 215 million meals throughout our service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack.

 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.