The partnership is funded through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and the Perdue family, and aligns with the company’s Delivering Hope to Our Neighbors® initiative focused in part on alleviating food insecurity.
From its Rhode Island production facility, the Edesia Nutrition team manufactures nutrient-dense, ready-to-eat foods that are serving more than 2.5 million children worldwide annually. Perdue Farms supplies Edesia with heart-healthy high-oleic soybean oil for some of its products. The Perdue funding enables Edesia to purchase a co-branded new truck to transport its nutrient-dense products to warehouses and a New Jersey port for export, providing more timely humanitarian responses.
“Over the last year, many of our shipments encountered severe delays due to backlogs in the New York shipping terminals. Perdue’s truck donation is an absolute game changer in how we can now transport our products from our warehouses to the ports to the malnourished children around the world who depend on us to deliver life-saving food,” said Edesia Nutrition CEO and founder Navyn Salem.
Following its initial commitment of $100,000, Perdue Farms surprised the non-profit with an additional $25,000 donation today during a segment on The Drew Barrymore Show, highlighting the two organizations’ shared value of providing wholesome nutrition to those in need.
“At Perdue Farms, we are keenly aware of the enormous challenges of food insecurity at home and abroad and are honored to support and help raise awareness about Edesia Nutrition’s noble mission,” said Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms. “As a food company, we are committed to fighting hunger. We’re proud to know that our heart-healthy oils are a key ingredient in producing such life-saving food.”
About Edesia Nutrition
Edesia is a non-profit social enterprise on a mission to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide. From its Rhode Island factory, a diverse team of 110 humanitarians make over 1.5 million packets of lifesaving foods each day for UNICEF, the World Food Programme, USAID, USDA, and others working to create a better world for all children. Founded in 2009, Edesia has shipped its innovative foods to over 60 countries worldwide, reaching over 16 million children. To learn more and participate, please visit: www.edesianutrition.org.
About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and 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. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®.
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