For many people, Thanksgiving represents a time to celebrate and reflect on the blessings we have to be grateful for while enjoying delicious food in the company of family and friends. For some though, Thanksgiving is another day spent worrying about where their next meal will come from. This holiday season, Colorado egg farmers are committed to helping Coloradans in need through egg donations to Feeding Colorado food banks. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to join in the fight against hunger in our state.
According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans struggle with hunger. Across the United States, that equates to 48.1 million people including 13.1 million children. 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 six 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 750,000 eggs this year to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. Through regular monthly egg donations and an Easter donation, CEP has donated more than 8 million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado since 2009.
“As local egg farmers and active members of our communities, we are thankful for the opportunity to help our fellow neighbors in need,” CEP President Jerry Wilkins said. “That is why we donate thousands of eggs to food banks across Colorado each and every year. Eggs are one of the best foods for easy meals and snacks – morning, noon and night. With 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, eggs 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 50 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 11 meals distributed. If you would like to donate food to your local food bank, Feeding America suggests:
• Canned vegetables
• Canned soup
• Canned meats
• Canned fruit
• Macaroni and cheese
• Peanut butter
• Dried fruit
These items are most needed by food banks, as they are nonperishable, versatile and nutritious. Click here to find your local Feeding America food bank.
Pick up some eggs before your Thanksgiving feast! You can save $0.55 when you purchase two dozen eggs at your local grocery story. Visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com/eggcoupon to download a coupon today.
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About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six 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 section of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The six CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Pullets; 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.