America’s egg farmers
aid Easter Bunny, needy
families with donations
Apr 5, 2012 10:28 AM
Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of Americans are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in eight will receive help in 2012 from one of Feeding America’s member food banks—and among the most needed items are sources of quality protein.
That’s why, for the fifth consecutive spring, America’s egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny, and families in need, a helping hand by donating nearly 10 million fresh eggs to Feeding America’s 78 food banks in 40 states. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million—equaling nearly 5 million dozen.
“If you’ve ever met an egg farmer, you know just how incredibly generous and giving these men and women are,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “All year long, but especially at Easter, they proudly do what they can to support the communities in which they live and work.”
For food banks across America, quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are especially needed and valued. According to the USDA, one large egg delivers six grams of protein, along with 13 essential nutrients, including choline, folate, iron and zinc. After a review of the nutrient composition of standard large eggs in 2011, USDA concluded that the average amount of cholesterol was 14% lower, and vitamin D content was 64% higher than previously measured.
Based in Alpharetta GA, United Egg Producers (UEP) represents nearly 90% of US egg farmers. Members produce eggs including modern cage production, cage-free, free range, organic, and other specialty eggs. Visit www.uepcertified.com to learn more about the egg industry.
Access www.feedingamerica.org for more information on how to fight hunger in communities and across the nation.
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