Perdue Farms has presented a $10,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to the Bertie County YMCA Inc. in Windsor, N.C. The Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue, committed to improving the quality of life in the communities in which it operates.

The Bertie County YMCA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1991. The YMCA takes a stand for youth development, healthy living and for social responsibility. The Bertie County YMCA, one of the smallest in the country, has a giant impact on the communities that its serves.

The YMCA basketball program that started in 1994 is one of the largest in the area, serving more than 300 children from around the county.


“We have to continue to guide and push our youth in the right direction, and our basketball program gives us the perfect platform to do so,” said Casey Owens, executive director of the Bertie County YMCA. “In rural eastern North Carolina, there are very few recreational activities for children to participate in. This funding will allow us to continue the programs we have as well as launch some new programs. We’re appreciative for the support of Perdue Farms and the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Foundation.”

“For 25 years, the Bertie County YMCA has been an important part of our community, including for many of our associates and their families. We’re excited to be able to invest in the future of the YMCA’s youth development and recreational programs,” said Jeff Stalls, director of Perdue operations in Lewiston. Perdue first supported the YMCA basketball program in 2013 with a $10,000 Perdue Foundation grant.

“At the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Bertie County YMCA are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values, and we are delighted to continue our support for their valuable programs,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation.