Virginia poultry processors Cargill, the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative and Perdue Farms donated 8,650 pounds of turkey meat to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in response to a challenge set by the state governor's "Governor's Bowl" Food and Fund Drive and to highlight June as "Virginia Turkey Lovers Month."


“We’re thrilled to have the support of the poultry industry at a time when food donations from manufacturers have been declining,” said Larry Zippin, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “This protein-rich contribution is vital and much appreciated as it will provide nourishing meals to more than 7,000 people in need.” The donation included 4,700 pounds of frozen whole turkeys from Cargill; 2,000 pounds of frozen bone-in turkey breasts from the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative; and 1,950 pounds of ready-to-cook turkey breasts and deli turkey breast from Perdue.