Perdue associates in Milford donate to United Way

The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

MILFORD — Perdue Farms associates, along with the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, in Milford teamed up for a campaign that would raise nearly $30,000 recently.

“Over the decades, we, as the Perdue family, have donated millions of dollars to the United Way. We would not have been able to do that if we did not recognize the associates who make it happen,” Larry Henley of Perdue said to a group of associates.

“We never know when we may fall on a time when we need saving. When the going gets tough, our community steps up. It always goes without saying: we appreciate you.”

United Way Vice President John Moore accepted the donation in April after associates completed their donation campaign in hopes of making an impact in their community and state.

The organization partners with local groups such as KSI, or Kent-Sussex Industries, and La Esperanza, to provide needed support in a variety of ways.

“We were worried that, with the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and other areas, our campaigns such as yours would be affected. And it absolutely didn’t. I drive up and down the state for campaigns and I’m always bragging about the campaign here at Perdue,” Mr. Moore said. “I can say this campaign is purely a grassroots effort. That’s why it works.”

Through partners such as Perdue Farms, the United Way provides a myriad of services throughout the area. Mr. Moore explained they provided books last year to local children so they have something to read over the summer and host financial programs to empower families to grow independently in productive ways.

“We can’t do that without your great partnership,” he told the associates present.

Dean Walston, Perdue’s director of operations in Milford, addressed the group, also expressing pride behind the donation.

“It’s got Perdue on the check, but really, it’s the associates in this facility that made it happen. I’m proud of that and of the company for offering an opportunity to help,” he said.

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