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Colorado Egg Farmers Help the Easter Bunny and Donate Nearly 325,000 Eggs to Area Food Banks

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Colorado egg farmers are proud to help the Easter Bunny out this year. The seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association have donated nearly 325,000 eggs to food banks throughout Colorado to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. Of the total number of eggs, 140,000 were given to Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver on Thursday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m.

The Easter Bunny made a special appearance at Food Bank of the Rockies event today, entertaining children and partner agencies who came to pick up their Easter eggs. The CEP team cooked and served free omelets to all the families, guests and organizations in attendance.

“The Colorado Egg Producers Association is thrilled to be involved with such a truly great event,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers. “As egg farmers, we feel it is important for us to provide eggs to those in need, especially during these tough economic times. Every Colorado family deserves to have eggs for the Easter holiday.”

All of the eggs were divided among three food banks – Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies in Grand Junction and Weld Food Bank in Greeley. Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies received 129,600 eggs and Weld Food Bank received 54,000 eggs.

“Eggs are an important staple in the American diet, but they are also one of the hardest foods for us to obtain,” said Kevin Seggelke, Food Bank of the Rockies President and CEO. “One in eight Coloradans struggle with hunger and the need in our state continues to grow. This egg donation will certainly be a tremendous help for our neighbors in need.”

For the third year in a row, Colorado Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up to feed the nation’s hungry. This partnership in Colorado and throughout the country will help the more than 600,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado and the more than 37 million people in the United States.

Of the families served through Food Bank of the Rockies’ partner agencies, 71 percent have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and 44 percent have had to choose between buying food and paying for their rent or mortgage.

“Colorado Egg is proud to offer our help and support to those in our community who need it most," said Clint Hickman with Colorado Egg, LLC. “Egg farmers throughout the country have joined together to help ensure America’s food banks are well stocked with plenty of nutrient-dense, protein-rich eggs.”

Weighing in at 75 calories, eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition for their size and caloric content. Each egg has 13 essential nutrients – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc.

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