Indiana Egg Farmers Help Families in need!
WITH DONATION OF 51,840 EGGS
Farmers Nationwide to Contribute Nearly 10 Million Eggs to Food Banks
INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2012) — Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in Indiana and across America are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in six Americans will receive help in 2012 from local food banks. And among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein.
Indiana’s own Rose Acre Farms is donating more than 51,840 eggs to the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m., to help families struggling with food insecurity.
Rose Acre Farms’ donation is part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America. 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. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million — equaling nearly 5 million dozen.
“We are proud to be partnering with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community,” said Bob Niewedde of Rose Acre. “The donation is one of many donations we are doing across the country to help families in need.”
For food banks across America, high 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 last year, USDA concluded that the average amount of cholesterol was 14 percent lower, and vitamin D content was 64 percent higher, than previously measured.
In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, 311,000 individuals is food insecure. One in three of those is a child.
“Gleaners is proud to have partners like Rose Acre Farms who are able to provide healthy, fresh eggs to families, children, and seniors in need” states Cindy Hubert, President & CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “Nutritious donations such as these provide sustenance and hope for our hungry neighbors.”
“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.”
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About United Egg Producers
United Egg Producers (UEP) is the nation’s leading trade association for U.S. egg farmers, representing nearly 90 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.
About Feeding America
Feeding 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.