Missouri’s egg producers part of 12 Million Eggs Giveaway

Missouri’s egg producers part of 12 Million Eggs Giveaway

February 1, 2008

United Egg Producers and America’s Second Harvest Team Up to Feed the Hungry

ATLANTA, Ga.— Missouri’s own Moark Midwest Divison are giving the Easter Bunny a run for his money this year. American’s egg farmers, including Moark Midwest Divison, are donating more than 12 million eggs during the month of March to help feed the nation’s hungry.  In coordination with America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, egg farmers from across the country will be delivering truck loads of fresh eggs to help local food banks meet the increasing demand for high-quality protein foods.

“We feel really good about being able to help people in need during the Easter season,” said Vernon Freeland, an egg farmer at Moark Midwest Division. “This egg donation shows the passion my have for helping our community.”

Moark Midwest Division will deliver nearly 18,000 eggs to Ozark Food Harvest.

“Fresh eggs are a product we normally don’t receive,” said Lindsey Neddenriep, the public relations coordinator of Ozark Food Harvest. “The agencies we serve will really appreciate this donation.”

Ozarks Food Harvest serves an average 41,000 individuals monthly in 325 non-profit hungry agencies.

“Seeing the increasing need within their communities, the families of our industry came together to make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient dense eggs for the holiday season,” said Gene Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers.

With each egg containing 13 essential nutrients – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc – for only 75 calories, the more than 12 million eggs donated comes at a time when food banks are struggling with low inventories, while facing a sharp increase in demand for emergency food.

“We are extremely grateful to America’s egg farmers for their significant donation of more than 12 million eggs to our food bank members across the nation,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network.  “Protein is always the hardest food category for our food banks to acquire and a donation of this magnitude will go a long way in helping the more than 25 million Americans we serve who are living on the edge of hunger.”

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.