Perdue grant will provide FFA jackets

Since 1933, the blue corduroy jacket has been a part of FFA Official Dress, an icon of an American tradition, instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. Each student who receives an FFA jacket will also receive a white collared shirt and an FFA scarf or tie.

SALISBURY — Perdue Farms, through a $15,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant, will enable the National FFA Organization to present its iconic blue jacket to 177 deserving students across 35 states.

“We recognize that wearing the blue corduroy jacket is a symbol of pride for thousands of FFA members who are passionate about agriculture,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “Perdue also recognizes that not every student can afford the cost of the jacket. We’re proud to continue our partnership with the National FFA Organization by investing in the next generation of agricultural leaders through this program.”

Since 1933, the blue corduroy jacket has been a part of FFA Official Dress, an icon of an American tradition, instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. Each student who receives an FFA jacket will also receive a white collared shirt and an FFA scarf or tie.

“The jacket often reminds members that they are part of something larger than themselves,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. “With support from generous partners like Perdue Farms, students across the country now have the opportunity to proudly wear the jacket during their FFA experiences.”

About The National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization.

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 its belief in supporting the communities where and with whom it does business, the foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of its associates live and work.

About Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms is a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company and will mark its 100th anniversary in 2020. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.

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