As children across America dip white-shelled eggs into vinegar-and-dye tubs, a group of Colorado egg producers has donated hundreds of thousands of eggs to that state's hungriest residents.
The Colorado Egg Producers Association, a coalition of seven egg farms, has given more than 300,000 eggs to four Colorado food banks. This Easter marks the fourth annual egg-giving.
"As egg farmers, we feel it is important for us to provide eggs year round, especially during these tough economic times," CEP's Jerry Wilkins said in a press release.
"At two eggs per person, our donation will help put high quality, wholesome and fresh eggs on the plates of more than 150,000 Coloradans this Easter."
The Food Bank of the Rockies, one of the beneficiaries of the egg largess, hosted the CEP and the Easter Bunny at a celebratory event Tuesday. CEP members cooked omelets for the crowd.
"Eggs are an important staple in the American diet, but they are also one of the hardest foods for us to obtain. We would like to thank Colorado egg farmers for this generous, annual gift," Food Bank of the Rockies President and CEO Kevin Seggelke said in a press release.
"One in eight Coloradans struggle with hunger and the need in our state continues to grow. This egg donation will certainly be a tremendous help for our neighbors in need."
Small and simple, eggs pack a nutritional wallop. Not only do they contain vitamins, iron and disease-fighting carotenoids, they also offer low-calorie, high-quality protein.
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