Local Egg Farmer Helps Struggling Families

Facilities Director Ed Matarese (left), a representative from a local egg farm (middle) and Warehouse Associate Erik Klair (right) show off a donation of 129,600 eggs at the food bank’s warehouse on Tuesday morning.

Food Bank of Delaware

Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in Delaware and across America are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in eight Americans will receive help in 2012 from food banks. And among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein.

A local egg farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated more than 129,000 eggs to the Food Bank of Delaware this morning to help families struggling with food insecurity.

This donation is part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America. For the fifth consecutive spring, America’s egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny and families in need, a helping hand by donating nearly 10 million fresh eggs. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million — equaling nearly 50 million dozen.

The Food Bank of Delaware is the only facility in Delaware with the equipment, warehouse and staff to collect donations from all sectors of the food industry and safely and efficiently redistribute them to those who need it most. The organization distributes seven to 10 million pounds of food through its network of 475 hunger-relief program partners annually to nearly 242,000 Delawareans.

“We are very grateful for the donation of eggs, a much-needed nutritious food item,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Eggs are one of our core items and prized by pantries and the people we serve. We’re especially thankful with the increasing need among our community.”

For food banks across America, high quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are especially needed and valued. According to the USDA, one large egg delivers six grams of protein, along with 13 essential nutrients, including choline, folate, iron and zinc. After a review of the nutrient composition of standard large eggs last year, USDA concluded that the average amount of cholesterol was 14 percent lower, and vitamin D content was 64 percent higher, than previously measured.

“If you’ve ever met an egg farmer, you know just how incredibly generous and giving these men and women are,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “All year long, but especially at Easter, they proudly do what they can to support the communities in which they live and work.”