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Colorado Egg Farmers Help Feed the Hungry This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

For many Americans the holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, and given the state of the still sluggish economy, we are all looking for ways to save money when it matters most. Unfortunately, some families and individuals are struggling more than ever.

According to information from Feeding America, food banks across the United States are on track to serve an estimated 33.9 million people this year, with 18 million of those being children under the age of 18. This year, Coloradans are still being hit hard and the surges in the demand for emergency food assistance continue, as one in eight people struggle to put food on the table.

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association, a membership organization representing Colorado egg producers, is committed to doing what’s right for our community. CEP is proud to be a part of the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage American’s to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Since 2009, just over 28 million eggs have been donated to America’s food banks and charities through the Good Egg Project.

Colorado Egg Farmers will come together with Mix 100 – Denver’s best music mix radio station, broadcasting locally on channel 100.3 FM – to help feed those in need this holiday season. Through an annual fundraiser held by Mix 100, CEP will donate 50,000 eggs to the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver. The CEP donation of 50,000 eggs provided by Boulder Valley Poultry, Morning Fresh Farms and Sparboe Farms will help to feed 4,000 families in need.

“As local farmers, we are part of the Colorado community. We are dedicated to helping those in need, especially our neighbors who don’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Vince Ruscitti, of Sparboe Farms in Hudson, Colo. “Considering that, eggs are one of the most nutritional and cost-effective food choices a person can make. Eggs contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral the human body needs – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc. At just 75 calories apiece, eggs provide the quality nutrition people need to stay full, happy and healthy.”

Over the last year, Colorado egg farmers have donated more than 1 million eggs to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need.

“We are grateful to the Colorado Egg Producers for this wonderful and timely donation. Even though hunger knows no season, holidays can be especially difficult because events are so often centered around food. These eggs will make the season a little brighter for our neighbors who are struggling,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.
 

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