The Easter Bunny will have to work overtime to top this one.
Roy-based Wilcox Farms donated more than 72,000 eggs to the Emergency Food Network in Lakewood today. It’s part of United Egg Producers and Feeding America’s efforts nationwide to fight hunger.
“Helping neighboring families in need is of the utmost importance to our industry,” said Wendi Shaw, of Wilcox Farms, in a prepared statement. “We’re proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it now more than ever.”
The Emergency Food Network supplied more than 65 food banks and hot meal sites, and provides nearly 9 million meals annually to 840,000 people.
Here is the full release:
Washington EGG FARMER MAKEs AN EGG-STRORDINARY DONATION OF 72,000 EGGS TO Emergency Food Network
Farmers to Donate More Than 12 Million Eggs to Feeding America This Easter
(TACOMA, Was.) April 1, 2010 — Wilcox Farms is giving the Easter Bunny something to hop about as they prepare to donate more than 72,000 eggs to the Emergency Food Network TODAY, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. located at 3318 92nd street south in Lakewood Was.
“Helping neighboring families in need is of the utmost importance to our industry,” said Wendi Shaw, of Wilcox Farms. “We’re proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it now more than ever.”
The Pierce County emergency food system includes more than 65 food banks and hot meal sites providing nearly 9 million meals annually to over 840,000 clients. In recent years, food programs have experienced an increase in the number of clients seeking services. In fact, each month in Pierce County, more than 140,000 children, seniors and adults seek help finding food. Of these individuals, 52 percent are children and seniors and 98 percent of those seeking help fall below the national poverty line. The partnership here in Washington and throughout the nation will help feed the nearly 49 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger.
For the third year in a row, United Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up in the fight against hunger and local egg farmers across America are dropping off truckloads of much needed protein to local food banks just in time for Easter.
Beginning in March and leading up to April 4, egg farmers nationwide will be donating more than 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.
“United Egg Producers’ members are dedicated to helping their local communities,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “Our hope is that this donation during the Easter holiday makes a significant difference in the lives of many people who live at risk of hunger.”
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