Indiana egg farmer donates 86,400 eggs to Food Finders

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, families in Indiana continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity. Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms is donating more than 86,000 eggs to Food Finders Food Bank Inc. in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00a to help families in need — just in time for the Easter holiday.

“Rose Acre Farms is a multi-generational family business and we are proud to be partnering with Food Finders Food Bank Inc. to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season,” said Bob Niewedde of Rose Acre Farms.

One in six Hoosiers in mid-north Indiana are at risk for hunger. The partnership here in Indiana and throughout the nation will help feed 37 million of the more than 50 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger, up significantly since the beginning of recession in December 2007.

“We are extremely grateful to Rose Acres for this generous donation. Eggs are a great source of protein and are easy and quick to prepare. The perfect food for families experiencing food insecurity,” said Katy Bunder, executive director of Food Finders Food Bank.

For the fourth year in a row United Egg Producers and Feeding America’s network of food banks are teaming up in the fight against hunger and egg farmers nationwide will be donating nearly 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.

Since the partnership with Feeding America started in 2008, Rose Acre Farms has donated 777,600 eggs to help feed people in Indiana.

An analysis from the USDA indicates eggs have much less cholesterol than previously thought and contain 64 percent more vitamin D. Nutritious for their size and caloric content, every egg has 13 essential nutrients including the highest quality protein – choline, folate, iron and zinc – with only 75 calories.

“Our members make it a priority to help their local communities,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “We hope this holiday donation will make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most.”

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