JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, families in Jacksonville continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity. Florida’s Dixie Egg Company is donating 32,400 eggs to Second Harvest North Florida on April 12th at 10:00 a.m. to help these families in need- just in time for the Easter holiday.
“Dixie Egg Company is a third generation family business, and we are proud to be partnering with Second Harvest North Florida to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season," said Jacques Klempf, president of Dixie Egg Company
Second Harvest North Florida distributed 19 million pounds of food to individuals and families in 2010, enough food to create 14.6 million meals. The partnership here in Florida and throughout the nation will help feed 37 million of the more than 50 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger, up significantly since the beginning of recession in December 2007.
“Corporate donations are critical to the work we do each day at Second Harvest, and we are grateful that Dixie Egg Company has so generously provided this supply of eggs for families experiencing need in our community,” Executive Director Karen Rieley said. “Eggs are a protein-rich food source that is vital for proper nutrition, and we know how important this is for children and their ability to learn. This donation will go a long way to serving thousands of families on the First Coast.”
For the fourth year in a row United Egg Producers and Feeding America’s network of food banks are teaming up in the fight against hunger and egg farmers nationwide will be donating nearly 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.
An analysis from the USDA indicates eggs have much less cholesterol than previously thought and contain 64 percent more vitamin D. Nutritious for their size and caloric content, every egg has 13 essential nutrients including the highest quality protein – choline, folate, iron and zinc – with only 75 calories.
“Our members make it a priority to help their local communities,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “We hope this holiday donation will make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
PHOTO CAPTION: R. Wayne Rieley, president and CEO of Second Harvest North Florida (left), and Jacques Klempf, chairman and CEO of Dixie Egg Company, following delivery of 32,400 eggs to Second Harvest on Tuesday, April 12.
About United Egg Producers
United Egg Producers (UEP) is the nation’s leading trade association for U.S. egg farmers, representing 97 percent of U.S. egg farmers, whose members produce eggs including modern cage production, cage-free, free range, organic and other specialty eggs. UEP is based in Alpharetta, GA. To learn more about the egg industry visit www.uepcertified.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/UEPCertified or follow our updates on Twitter at twitter.com/UEPCertified.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About Second Harvest North Florida
Second Harvest North Florida is the oldest and largest program of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. LSS was founded in 1979 by area Lutherans and business leaders to fill gaps in services offered in the community for people in need. Second Harvest gathers food from local and national sources, shares these resources with more than 400 nonprofit organizations in 18 north Florida counties and helps thousands of people each year who are hungry or at risk of not having being able to provide food for themselves and their families. In addition to collecting and distributing food, Second Harvest serves children in after-school programs through its Kids Cafe and BackPack programs and in summer camps through its Summer Lunch program. It also takes Mobile Pantries filled with Family Boxes of food to people living in neighborhoods with the greatest needs. Call 904.730.8234 for more information about any of these programs and services.