Associates from Perdue Farms’ operations in Perry, Georgia, recently presented a check for a record $182,514.22 to the United Way of Central Georgia. The contribution, a 20-percent increase from last year, included $166,514.22 in associate contributions and a $16,000 grant provided by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Perdue employs 2,400 associates in Perry.

“Year after year, our associates give freely through our United Way pledge campaign in support of our neighbors in our communities. I’m extremely proud of them for their amazing generosity,” said Craig Pugh, a Perdue director of operations in Perry. “United Way has been instrumental in helping to improve the quality of life for so many people. At Perdue, we remain committed to supporting United Way because, together, we are able to do so much more.”

The Perdue campaign allowed associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually support United Way and its partner agencies. Since 2007, Perdue associates have delivered more than $1,540,000 to support United Way of Central Georgia.

“I want to personally thank the Perdue associates and the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation for their incredibly generous support,” said George McCanless, president and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “Their contributions are making a direct impact on the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. Their compassion, philanthropic spirit, and caring for those in need makes them worthy of emulation by corporate employees across Central Georgia.”

United Way is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to maximize the communities’ resources to improve the lives of all the members of the community. Through the combination of generous individual and business contributions, the United Way of Central Georgia is able to support such agencies as American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Crisis Line and Safe House, Girls Scouts, Heart of Georgia Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and more. To learn more, visit