By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – It was hard to miss the large 18-wheeler parked outside the Central Wellness Center along Prince George Drive Tuesday morning as Perdue Farms made a large donation to the county’s food pantry, providing food to those at the center and valuable equipment to help the pantry continue its mission.
Volunteers with the Prince George County Food Pantry, housed inside the county’s wellness center, joined staff from Perdue as they helped unload dozens of boxes of frozen chicken that was distributed to those waiting outside at the food pantry and more inside the facility thanks to the donation of a brand-new industrial freezer and refrigerator by Perdue.
County leaders were on hand, along with representatives from FeedMore, the pantry’s regional food bank partner, as the donations were provided both inside and outside the building.
“This is not the first time Perdue has been good in the neighborhood,” Chairman of the Prince George Board of Supervisors Bill Robertson said as he spent time with residents and volunteers at Tuesday’s event. “They are a good corporate partner within the area and to have them come in and give to the food pantry is outstanding.”
“We’re here to celebrate the work that Prince George Food Pantry does, as well as the contributions Perdue makes to help feed those who are food insecure here in this area,” Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer with FeedMore said. “They provide up to about two million pounds of donated chicken every single year that we distribute across our 34-county and city service area. They are a wonderful partner of ours.”
“I am so excited that Perdue wanted to do this for us,” Prince George Food Pantry Director Andrea Barnes said while smiling from ear-to-ear as boxes of frozen chicken make their way to those in need in the county. “This is simply a great day for us here at the food pantry.”
The Prince George Journal’s Michael Campbell was at Tuesday’s special donation event and spoke with Prince George Food Pantry’s Director Andrea Barnes and volunteers about how this donation will help them continue their mission of helping their neighbors as they celebrate 35 years of service to the community of Prince George County.
The full report will be featured in the October 25 edition of The Prince George Journal, both on newsstands and online.