Egg donors help feed the Ozarks

Egg donors help feed the Ozarks

April 24, 2017 in Harvest Time Newsletter Major giving

Protein-rich food is one of the most requested items from Ozarks Food Harvest’s member pantries.

That’s why Ozarks Food Harvest is excited to partner with two generous egg donors this spring, Opal Foods and Vital Farms.

Opal Foods began an annual Easter season egg donation in 2008. This year it donated 240,000 eggs to help feed families across southwest Missouri.

Opal Foods is a franchisee of Eggland’s Best located in Neosho and receives many of its eggs from Missouri farmers. It was formed through a partnership between AGR Partners, Rose Acre Farms and Weaver Brothers.

Texas-based Vital Farms began donating to Ozarks Food Harvest in October, and since then has provided nearly four million eggs.

Vital Farms’ eggs come from certified humane, pasture-raised hens. Each hen has a minimum of 108 square-feet to roam, is antibiotic-free and is able to forage grass and be outside without restrictions. The company is building a new Springfield plant, and although the building is not complete, Vital Farms is already investing in the local community.

“Eggs are highly valued by Ozarks Food Harvest and our member pantries because of their high protein and nutritional value,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re grateful for our friends at Opal Foods and Vital Farms for helping us feed those in need across the Ozarks.”