North Carolina Egg Farmers Help Struggling Families with Donation of 140,400 Eggs
Farmers to Donate More Than 12 Million Eggs to Feeding America This Easter
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) March 22, 2010 — Simpson#039;s Eggs is giving the Easter Bunny something to hop about as they prepare to donate more than 66,000 eggs to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina on Wednesday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
“Helping neighboring families in need is of the utmost importance to our industry,” said Richard Simpson, of Simpson#039;s Eggs. “We’re proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it now more than ever.”
More than 14 percent of North Carolina’s population lives in poverty and 13.7 percent of the population suffer food insecurities, meaning more than 1.2 million people are living in hunger and fear of starvation. In fact, over 50 percent of the households served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte have to choose between paying for food or paying for rent or mortgage. The partnership here in North Carolina and throughout the nation will help feed the nearly 49 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger.
“Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina appreciates the ongoing local support from Simpson#039;s Eggs. Protein is so important to the health and well being of those in need in our community,” said Kay Carter, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
For the third year in a row, United Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up in the fight against hunger and local egg farmers across America are dropping off truckloads of much needed protein to local food banks just in time for Easter.
Beginning in March and leading up to April 4, egg farmers nationwide will be donating more than 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.
“United Egg Producers’ members are dedicated to helping their local communities,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “Our hope is that this donation during the Easter holiday makes a significant difference in the lives of many people who live at risk of hunger.”
In 2008-2009, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed 29 million pounds of food to 19counties throughout the Carolinas providing hunger relief and services through almost 650 different organizations in the area.