America's egg farmers are lending a helping hand to their local communities this Easter by teaming up with Feeding America to donate more than 12 million eggs to food banks across the country. The eggs donations will span more than 30 states beginning March 10 and leading up to Easter on April 4.
According to a 2009 report on food insecurity from the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of Americans at risk of hunger is a staggering one in six, with an increase from 2007 to 2008 of 13 million people. The number of children at risk of hunger is now an alarming one in four. Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children. Fresh items, such as eggs, are always a prized item for food banks due to their dense nutritional and high protein content.
"Many of our clients are having to decide between food and other basic necessities, such as paying the rent or a utility bill," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."Receiving the gift of eggs, which have always been an important staple in the American diet, is a tremendous help at this time of year."
This marks the third year in a row United Egg Producers and Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, are teaming up to help ensure America's food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs. The nationwide partnership will help feed the nearly 49 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger.
"United Egg Producers and its members are proud to lend a helping hand to those in need in our local communities," said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers."Our members are commited to making these donations because they realize what an impact they have on the many Americans who are at risk of hunger, especially during the Easter holiday."
Stretched out shell to shell (each egg is approximately two and a half inches long), the more than 12 million donated eggs equals 494 miles of eggs. Nutritious for their size and caloric content, every egg has 13 essential nutrients including high quality protein – choline, folate, iron and zinc – with only 75 calories.
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.