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LOCAL EGG FARMERS FEED COLORADANS IN NEED THIS THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DENVER – November 2015 – For many people, Thanksgiving represents a time to celebrate the past year’s blessings while enjoying delicious food and the company of family and friends. For some though, Thanksgiving is another day spent worrying about where their next meal will come from. This holiday season, Colorado egg farmers are committed to helping Coloradans in need through egg donations to Feeding Colorado food banks.  The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to join in the fight against hunger in our state.

According to Feeding America, 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2014, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. The most recent data shows that one in seven Coloradans worry about where they will find food for their next meal and sadly, nearly half are children, according to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

CEP, a membership organization representing six farms, has an unwavering mission to provide high-quality eggs to Coloradans and is committed to giving back to the community year after year. Colorado egg farmers and CEP members are on track to donate more than 1 million eggs this year to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. Through regular monthly egg donations, social media campaigns and an Easter donation, CEP has donated more than half a million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado. CEP is truly dedicated to communities across Colorado.

“As local egg farmers and active members of our communities, we are dedicated to helping our neighbors in need throughout the year, especially those struggling to find their next meal,” CEP President Jerry Wilkins said. “That is why we donate thousands of eggs to food banks across Colorado every year. Eggs are one of the best foods for quick meals or snacks – they have 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, they are a source of high quality protein and they keep us full for longer than many other options. We are thankful for the opportunity to provide Coloradans in need with a high-quality product.”

CEP is also 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 Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Since 2009, The Good Egg Project has donated more than 50 million eggs to America’s food banks and charities.

Join CEP in the fight against hunger this fall by donating to your local food bank. Your donation can ensure that families in need have a warm meal this Thanksgiving.

According to Feeding America, financial donations are preferred. In fact, $1 donated to food banks can equal up to 10 meals distributed. If you would like to donate food to your local food bank, Feeding America suggests:
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats
  • Cereal
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables
These items are most needed by food banks, as they are versatile, nonperishable and nutritious. Click hereto find your local Feeding America food bank.

Pick up some eggs before your Thanksgiving feast! You can save $0.55 when you purchase two dozen eggs at your local grocery story. Visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com/eggcoupon to download a coupon today.

Learn more about CEP and our efforts to combat hunger at coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for recipes, agriculture news, interesting egg facts and more.

CEP is committed to feeding our neighbors in need. This football season, CEP will cheer on the Orange and Blue while giving back to the community. For each point our team scores this season, CEP will donate a dozen eggs to Food Bank of the Rockies. Tune into radio station 850 KOA on game days to hear more about CEP and the incredible, edible egg.

About Colorado Egg Producers Association

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. Eggs are a gluten-free food and we are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

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