Colorado egg farms donating hundreds of thousands of eggs to families in need for Easter
The local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association will once again be helping out the Easter Bunny this year, as they're partnering with Feeding Colorado to donate hundreds of thousands of eggs to food banks, and ensuring those in need will have eggs in time for the holiday.
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend an upcoming event, where the Food Bank of the Rockies’ mobile pantry will be on hand distributing these food donations, and will also be joined by the Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert. Personnel and equipment from Commerce City Emergency Responders will be on hand as well, as will the Churn and Burn food truck, serving up breakfast burritos.
Additionally, this Easter Egg-Stravaganza will include prize giveaways, with each attendee heading home with an Easter egg-dyeing kit, and two lucky kids being randomly selected to win new bicycles.
This marks the 10th year in a row that CEP has partnered with Feeding Colorado to help those in need, and CEP is proud to again contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project -- an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.
Morning Fresh Farms, NestFresh, Opal-Foods, Sparboe Farms and Hickman Family Farms are the local operations that have produced and donated the farm-fresh eggs to Feeding Colorado's food banks for Easter this year.
“The farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers Association take seriously the fact that one in seven Coloradans don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs, and we strive to assist those families -- not only during Easter, but year-round," said CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi.
Colorado Egg Producers play a part in Ag Day at the Capitol success
The “most popular event under the Golden Dome” was once again a success, as Gov. John Hickenlooper, state officials, the media and others took part in a well-deserved “thank you” to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses during Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.
And it was done largely with the help of Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) personnel.
CEP Industry Relations Manager David Collie, who also owns and operates Collie Consulting LLC, took the lead among the 48 organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council and organized the event, while CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi, CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine and CEP board member Terry Tormohlen were also on hand to help out.
With an estimated 900 people in attendance, the event was highlighted by a cook-off competition that featured the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and ag representatives, creating dishes with Colorado-grown foods.
The CEP team took second place overall in the 14-team cook-off competition, under the guidance of chefs Klaus Krebs and Travis Barday of Isle Casino and Hotel.
The Colorado Egg Producers will be donating 194,000 eggs to the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver.
A total of more than 300,000 eggs will be donated to three food banks in Denver, Greeley and Grand Junction over several days.
Of the families Food Bank of the Rockies serves, 77 percent have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and 48 percent have had to choose between buying food and paying for their rent or mortgage.
For the second year in a row, the Colorado Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up to help the more than 600,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado.
Free omelets will be served to all those in attendance.
Colorado egg farmers and the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association are proud to join in the celebration of World Egg Day on October 8, 2010. Eggs are celebrated in many cultures around the world as a symbol of the essence of life and as an important source of food and nutrition.
“World Egg Day is the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate the special place eggs hold in cultures spanning the globe,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers Association, a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout Colorado. “In addition to specific customs, symbolism and beliefs about eggs, internationally eggs are considered a fundamental component of people’s diets. Weighing in at 75 calories, eggs pack a punch of nutrition. Each egg has 13 essential nutrients – including the highest quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc.