Thanks to Perdue Farms and the Delmarva Shorebirds for partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware, the Maryland Food Bank, and the Eastern Shore Bank of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
In late April, the Franklin P and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation – the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms – issued a $15,000 challenge to fight hunger in local communities. The challenge continues through the final home game of the season on Sept. 4.
Here’s how it works: The first $10,000 of the challenge grant will be divided among the three food banks, and the food banks must raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals to claim its share of the grant funds.
In addition, Perdue has committed to donating $10 for each time a Shorebirds’ pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, up to $5,000. That $5,000 will also be split equally among the three food banks.
“Perdue is really committed,” said the Food Bank’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Chad Robinson. “We get a lot of support from Perdue all year in terms of food donations and volunteer hours.”
Funds from previous Strike Out campaigns were designated for programs to feed hungry Delawareans.
The Food Bank of Delaware created Strike Out Hunger volunteer shifts as our contribution to achieving the meal-equivalent goal. The shifts at the Milford branch are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We need volunteers,” said Volunteer Coordinator Lyndsay Humphreys. “This is a great time to get involved and a way for students to earn volunteer hours with their families.”
Volunteers can register as individuals, families, or workplace groups; they will help packing meals and sorting food donations.
To get involved with this year’s Perdue Strike Out Hunger Change, sign up as a volunteer by clicking here.