Friday, 22 April, 2011 10:34 PM
of Farm Fresh Eggs Donated to Food Banks by Local Egg Farmers Nationwide
Egg Farmers Team up with Feeding America to Distribute More Than
11 Million Eggs
Ga. -- As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, American
families continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
50 million Americans, or one in six, live in food insecure households,
including 17 million children. In response to the need, America's
egg farmers are donating more than 11 million eggs this Easter season
to food banks across the nation as part of its fourth year working
with Feeding America to supply fresh eggs to the communities they
America provides nutritious food for 5.7 million Americans every
week and fresh eggs are an especially prized item due to their high
protein content and nutrition. The latest data from USDA shows this
donation is delivering even more nutrition than originally thought.
After a recent review of the nutrient composition of standard large
eggs, USDA concluded that the average amount of cholesterol has
decreased by 14 percent and vitamin D content has increased by 64
in our fourth year of donating eggs at Easter, United Egg Producers
and its members are proud to lend a helping hand to those in need
throughout the communities we raise food for," said Gene Gregory,
president of United Egg Producers. "America's egg farming community
is made up of families just like any other and we are proud to be
able to help out our communities by continuing to raise such a nutritious
and affordable food."
the fourth year in a row United Egg Producers and Feeding America
have teamed up to help ensure America's food banks are well stocked
with nutrient-dense eggs each Spring. Since 2008, America's egg
farmers have donated more than 50 million eggs to local food banks
across the country.
"The need for a high-protein food for families facing food
insecurity is greater now than ever," said Vicki Escarra, president
and CEO of Feeding America. "Receiving the gift of eggs is
a tremendous help at this time of year and we are happy that United
Egg Producers are stepping up again to make a difference."
to the USDA, while cholesterol has decreased, the amount of protein
in one large egg remains the same at a whopping 6 grams, and the
protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in
any food and every egg still has 13 essential nutrients including
choline, folate, iron and zinc.
About United Egg Producers
Producers (UEP) is the nation's leading trade association for U.S.
egg farmers, representing 97 percent of U.S. egg farmers, whose
members produce eggs including modern cage production, cage-free,
free range, organic and other specialty eggs. UEP is based in Alpharetta,
GA. To learn more about the egg industry visit www.uepcertified.com.
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/UEPCertified
or follow our updates on Twitter at twitter.com/UEPCertified.
America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel
to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief
charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million
Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million
seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member
food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of
its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your
community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org.
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica
or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
United Egg Producers