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Colorado Egg Farmers Donate more than 300,000 Eggs to Area Food Banks

The Easter Bunny has a great friend in Colorado egg farmers as seven different farms prepare to donate more than 300,000 eggs to food banks throughout Colorado over several days to ensure that those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. Of the total number of eggs, 194,000 will be given to the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver on Wednesday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m.

All of the eggs are being divided among three food banks in Denver, Grand Junction and Greeley, the latter two receiving 130,000 eggs and 32,000 eggs, respectively.

“Eggs have always been an important staple in the American diet, but it is also one of the hardest food categories to acquire,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “With our food banks reporting a 30 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance, compared to one year ago, this egg donation comes at the perfect time.”

For the second 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 36 million people in the United States.

Of the families that Food Bank of the Rockies serves, 77 percent have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and 48 percent have had to choose between buying food and paying for their rent or mortgage.

“As a second generation egg farmer, my family has been farming in the Colorado community for more than 50 years and we are proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it," said Terry Tormohlen of Country Side Eggs. “Egg farmers throughout the country are coming together to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with plenty of nutrient-dense 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.

“We are so excited to be involved with such a truly great event,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers. “As egg farmers, it is important for us to provide eggs to those in need in these tough economic times. Everyone deserves to have eggs for the Easter holiday.”

While at the egg donation event at Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Wilkins and his team will be providing all who attend with free omelets.

About Colorado Egg Farmers
Egg Farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. We believe in proper stewardship to our communities and our chickens. Colorado egg farmers are using scientific principles in our production practices in producing a safe and wholesome product for consumers while providing the best possible animal husbandry standards. Producing over a billion eggs every year, we rank 9th in state commodities. We provide employment for more than 230 farm families.

About Feeding America
(Formerly America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network)
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit www.feedingamerica.org.

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