MAINE EGG FARMERS MAKE AN EGG-STRORDINARY DONATION OF 108,000 EGGS TO GOOD SHEPARD FOOD BANK
Maine Farmers to Donate More Than 261,720 in New England This Easter
(Lewiston, ME) March 30, 2010 —Maine egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny something to hop about as Radlo Foods and Dorothy Egg Farms prepare to donate more than 108,000 fresh, brown eggs from New England to Good Shepard Food Bank on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. Approximately 13.3 percent of Mainers live below or at federal poverty level and may be experiencing hunger.
“Helping neighboring families in need is of the utmost importance to our industry,” said David Radlo, President and CEO of Radlo Foods.
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. The partnership here in Maine and throughout the nation will help feed the nearly 49 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger.
“We’re proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it now more than ever,” said Julia Lough of Dorothy Egg Farms.
“Good Shepard Food Bank salutes Radlo Foods and Dorothy Egg Farms for joining together to help address the issue of hunger in Maine,” said Rick Small, Executive Director at the food bank. “This extremely generous donation of eggs will guarantee a great source of protein for families in need – and especially children. We are truly grateful.”
Radlo Foods and Dorothy Egg Farms will also donate another 153,720 eggs to food banks across New England in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
In coordination with Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, 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. Radlo Foods and Dorothy Egg Farms joined with other egg farmers in the nation and donated 261,720 fresh brown eggs to New England families.
“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.”
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About United Egg Producers
United Egg Producers (UEP) is the nation’s leading trade association for U.S. egg farmers, representing 97 percent of U.S. egg farmers, whose members produce eggs including modern cage production, cage-free, free range, organic and other specialty eggs. UEP is based in Alpharetta, GA. To learn more about the egg industry visit www.uepcertified.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.