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U.S. Egg Producers Donate to Food Banks


According to data assembled by the American Egg Board, U.S. egg producers have collectively donated 128,000 cases of eggs to food banks and faith-based organizations to alleviate hunger during the COVID-19 crisis.  It is estimated that 17.1 million of our population currently experience food insecurity and food banks are facing a $1.4 billion shortfall in donations.


Traditionally egg produces have been generous in supporting food banks but the advent of COVID-19 with resulting unemployment has exacerbated need. The American Egg Board is encouraging support of food banks in a time of extreme need.


Emily Metz, President and CEO of the American Egg Board stated, "now that the mission to nourish America's families is more urgent than ever, egg farmers have risen to the occasion and are doing what they always do, they feed people."


Despite the need to maintain a cold chain between production and distribution, food banks have managed to continue supplying clients with a cooperation of farmers who deliver directly to distribution depots. 


During recent weeks, EGG-NEWS has commented on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program organized by the USDA at a cost exceeding $3 billion to distribute 100 million boxes of produce, dairy, meat products and eggs. Donations by egg producers are without any obligation to the Treasury.