UNITED EGG PRODUCERS
As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, families in North Carolina continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity. North Carolina’s own Parker & Reichman, Inc. is donating more than 40,000 eggs to MANNA FoodBank on Wednesday, April 13th at 11a.m., to help these families in need- just in time for the Easter holiday.
“Parker & Reichman, Inc. is proud to be partnering with MANNA FoodBank to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season,” said Andrew Reichman of Parker & Reichman, Inc.
According to the latest statistics from Feeding America and MANNA FoodBank, the state has a food insecurity rate of 18%, which is higher than the national rate of 16.6%.
The partnership here in North Carolina 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.
“Fresh, protein-rich and nutritious food sustains those who are food insecure for a much longer period of time ,” said Joshua Stack, Communications and Marketing Coordinator of Manna Food Bank.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer them fresh eggs.”
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.
Since the partnership with Feeding America started in 2008, Parker & Reichman, Inc. has donated more than100,000 eggs to help feed people in Asheville.
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.”
About United Egg Producers>/b>
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.
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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 MANNA FoodBank
MANNA FoodBank is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina since 1982. As an accredited member of Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, MANNA serves 255 non-profit member agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties. In 2010, MANNA distributed 9.1 million pounds of food to partner agencies – enough food for more than 20,000 meals 365 days a year. For more information on what you can do to help end hunger in Western North Carolina, please visit MANNAFoodBank.org.
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