Colorado Egg Producers mascot, Eggbert and the Easter Bunny entertained kids at Food Bank of the Rockies today, were CEP donated more than 250,000 eggs just in time for Easter.
Colorado egg farmers helped the Easter Bunny out again this year. The seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association have donated more than a quarter million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. CEP is proud to contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project, an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.
The Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert made a special appearance at Food Bank of the Rockies’ event today, entertaining children and partner agencies that came to pick up their Easter eggs. Several lucky kids were also randomly selected to win prizes from CEP including two new bicycles. The CEP team, along with special guest, acclaimed Colorado chef and Douglas County School District Executive Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC, cooked and served free omelets to all the families, guests and organizations in attendance. The children participated in a cooking demonstration with Chef Morse as a part of the Chef’s Move to Schools Initiative, a platform for chefs and schools to create partnerships in their communities with the mission of collaboratively educating kids about food and healthy eating.
A highlight of the event was a friendly omelet cooking/flipping competition between Chef Morse; Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies; Jerry Wilkins, president of CEP; Don Brown, Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner; and Murphy Huston, famous Denver radio personality.
“The Colorado Egg Producers Association is honored to team up again with Feeding Colorado in support of Food Bank of the Rockies and other food banks across the state to help feed those in need,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of the Colorado Egg Producers. “Though Easter is a great time to donate, CEP strives to provide eggs to those in need year-round. Our egg donations will put high quality, wholesome and fresh eggs on the plates of thousands of Coloradans this season.”
Colorado Egg, LLC, Morning Fresh Farms, NestFresh, Opal-Foods and Sparboe Farms produced and donated farm fresh eggs to Feeding Colorado food banks throughout the state. Of the total number of eggs donated, more than 200,000 were given to Food Bank of the Rockies in advance of today’s event.
“Eggs are an important staple in the American diet, but they are also a food item that is often in short supply at food banks. We would like to thank Colorado egg farmers for their continued partnership with Feeding Colorado food banks – a partnership that has led to donations of more than one million eggs,” said Kevin Seggelke, Food Bank of the Rockies President and CEO. “One in seven Coloradans don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs. This egg donation will be a tremendous help for those in need throughout Colorado.”
In addition to the event at the Food Bank of the Rockies, CEP also helped bring the Easter Bunny to FlatIron Crossing for families this year. Children can meet and get their picture taken with Easter Bunny and enjoy a fun CEP coloring activity now through April 4th. CEP will donate a dozen eggs, up to 25,000 dozen, to Feeding Colorado food banks for every social media Easter post that uses the #CEPGiving hashtag and for every child who visits the Easter Bunny at FlatIron Crossing. For more details, click here.
This marks the eighth year in a row that Colorado Egg Producers has partnered with Feeding Colorado to help feed those in need. These efforts will help the more than 650,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado and the more than 50 million people in the United States.Of the families served through Food Bank of the Rockies’ partner agencies, 71 percent have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and 44 percent have had to choose between buying food and paying for their rent or mortgage.
“As a Colorado egg farmer, I am proud to help and support the people of our great state,” said Derek Yancey, CEP member with Morning Fresh Farms. “Our efforts are part of the national Good Egg Project. Egg farmers throughout the country have joined together to help ensure America’s food banks are well stocked with plenty of nutrient-dense, protein-rich eggs throughout the year for those who need it most.”
Weighing in at 70 calories, eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition for their size and caloric content. Each egg has 13 essential nutrients – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc. Moreover, they have been found to contain less cholesterol and more vitamin D than previously thought.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state and its partnership with 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. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The seven CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Pullets; Hillside Egg Farm; Morning Fresh Farms; NestFresh; Opal Foods and Sparboe Farms. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Feeding Colorado
Feeding Colorado is an association of the five Feeding America food banks in Colorado. Feeding Colorado's purpose is to coordinate and enhance food resources among the state's food banks; provide administration and distribution of USDA commodities, including CSFP, TEFAP and the School Lunch Program for the state of Colorado; and to support the mission of Feeding America. The five food banks distribute food to more than 1,500 nonprofit agencies state-wide, that provide meals and services to people in need. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the state, visit www.feedingcolorado.org.