Perdue associates make ‘quite a difference’

More than 1,200 pounds of garbage, debris removed from rec areas

RICHMOND COUNTY — More than 50 Perdue associates, their family members and friends helped beautify their community on Saturday, April 18 by participating in Project Clean Stream, a companywide effort to help protect the environment in the communities where associates live and work.

Submitted photo Perdue associates gather for a group photo near the Cordova access point to Hitchcock Creek after three hours of Operation Clean Stream work.

Submitted photo
Perdue associates gather for a group photo near the Cordova access point to Hitchcock Creek after three hours of Operation Clean Stream work.

Volunteers started their day with a group breakfast at the Long Drive facility, then spent three hours harvesting more than 1,200 pounds of a variety of trash and debris from Hitchcock Creek at the Cordova access point and Blewett Falls. Their bounty included such items as beer bottles, dirty diapers, trash bags and discarded vehicle tires.

Project Clean Stream supports Perdue’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities in which it operates and the company commitment to environmental stewardship.

“Our associates’ participation says a lot about the culture at Perdue,” said Kendall Casey, director of operations. “They put a great deal of time and energy into their work and are still willing to come out on a Saturday morning and participate in a project that benefits their community and helps protect the environment.”

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About Project Clean Stream

Project Clean Stream was launched in 2004 by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland as a grass-roots effort to clean-up waterways and shorelines in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Perdue joined the volunteer project in 2008 with 30 volunteers. In 2011, Perdue expanded the Project Clean Stream concept across the company to encourage associates to organize similar clean-up efforts in their communities. Since 2008, associates have harvested more than 120 tons of trash and debris from local ponds, streams, roadways and parks.

In 2015, Perdue renewed its sponsorship of Project Clean Stream in Maryland with a $10,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Since 2005, the Foundation has provided $121,052 in funding support to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Project Clean Stream.

“Project Clean Stream provides an exciting opportunity to engage associates in helping protect the environment in the communities where they live and work, while reinforcing our company’s commitment to being a good corporate citizen,” said Steve Schwalb, vice president of environmental sustainability at Perdue. “The combined strength of our associates’ efforts has made a tremendous impact.”

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.

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