Colorado children enjoy egg-cellent omelets courtesy of CEP.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends around a delicious meal and celebrate the many blessings the past year has brought. Thanksgiving also marks the season of giving, a time to serve those less fortunate in our communities. With many of us giving thanks for another great year, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages everyone to help those that may not have a Thanksgiving meal this year.
According to Feeding America, around 6.2 million households across the United States received aid from food banks in 2012. The most recent data shows that one in seven Coloradans worry about where they will find food for their next meal and sadly, nearly half are children, according to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
CEP, a membership organization representing seven farms, has an unwavering mission to provide high-quality eggs to Coloradans and is committed to giving back to the community year after year. Colorado egg farmers and CEP members are on track to donate more than 1 million eggs this year to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. Through regular monthly egg donations, social media contests and an Easter campaign that resulted in the donation of more than 340,000 (341,080) eggs to food banks throughout Colorado – CEP is truly dedicated to communities across Colorado.
“As local farmers we are dedicated to helping our community throughout the year, especially our neighbors who are struggling to find their next meal,” said Jerry Wilkins, CEP president. “That’s why we donate more than a million eggs to food banks across Colorado every year. We are thankful for the opportunity to give back. Eggs are one of the best foods for quick meals or snacks – they have 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, they are a source of high quality protein and they keep us full for longer than many other options.”
CEP is also proud to be a part of the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Since 2009, The Good Egg Project has donated more than 48 million eggs to America’s food banks and charities.
Join CEP in the fight against hunger this fall by donating to your local food bank. Your donation can ensure that families in need have a warm meal this Thanksgiving.
According to Feeding America, financial donations are preferred. In fact, $1 donated to food banks can equal up to 10 meals distributed. If you would like to donate food to your local food bank, Feeding America suggests:
• Canned soup
• Peanut butter
• Canned meats
• Canned fruit
• Dried fruit
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned vegetables
These items are most needed by food banks, as they are versatile, nonperishable and nutritious. Click here to find your local Feeding America food bank.
Learn more about CEP and our efforts to combat hunger at coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for recipes, agriculture news, interesting egg facts and more.