Friday, April 04, 2008

Lincoln County Egg Farm Donates 216,000 Fresh Eggs to St. Louis Area Foodbank

ST. LOUIS — Egg farmers, including Lincoln County Egg Farm, donated more than 12 million eggs in March to help feed the hungry across the nation. In coordination with America's Second Harvest — The Nation's Food Bank Network, egg farmers from across the country delivered fresh eggs to help local food banks.

Based in Hawk Point, Missouri, Lincoln County Egg Farm delivered 216,000 eggs to the St. Louis Area Foodbank on March 11. The St. Louis Area Foodbank serves 500 charitable agencies including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and emergency feeding programs. Last year, the food bank distributed nearly 13.4 million pounds of food throughout 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern Illinois.

“This donation of nutritious, high-protein product comes at a great time for the people we serve, especially as families struggle with continuing high prices of gasoline and winter utility costs,” said Frank Finnegan, executive director of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. “We are so grateful to United Egg Producers and Lincoln County Egg Farm for supporting this initiative with their generous donation.”

With each egg containing 13 essential nutrients, including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc, 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 food.

United Egg 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.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank feeds hungry people by distributing food through its member agencies, and educates the public about the nature of and the solutions to the problems of hunger. It gathers and distributes nearly 13.4 million pounds of food each year to 500+ food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and emergency feeding programs throughout 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern Illinois.

America's Second Harvest — The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, America's Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes.

Egg farmers around the country worked together to donate eggs to local food banks in their communities during the month of March. Kudos to Lincoln County Egg Farm for being a part of the program and lending its support in Missouri and Illinois.

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