Perdue Farms on Thursday announced the results of its Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors initiative, which focuses on improving quality of life and building stronger communities where Perdue employees live and work.

In total, Perdue donated more than 5.3 million pounds of protein to combat hunger in 2021 to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit organizations. The donations, primarily chicken, are the equivalent to more than 21 million servings of protein, the company said.

“This remains a challenging time for so many of our neighbors, especially those trying to provide nutritious meals amid the added hardships of the pandemic,” Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day said. “Through our network of community food banks, pantries, and nonprofit partnerships who are on the front lines in the fight against food insecurity, we are able to get millions of pounds of nutritious protein to people who are worried about feeding their families and themselves.

Additionally, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation in 2021 awarded more than $1.45 million in grants to support 88 non-profit organizations primarily in and around the communities in which the company operates.

When tornadoes struck Kentucky in early December 2021, the Perdue Foundation earmarked $150,000 to the United Way of Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund and delivered more than 160,000 servings of chicken to support those recovering from the disaster. Volunteers from the company’s Cromwell, Kentucky operation helped with cleanup efforts, donated chicken, and cooked meals for first responders, volunteers, and storm victims, and are continuing to work with those communities in supporting recovery efforts.