Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in Iowa and across America are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in eight Americans will receive help in 2012 from local food banks. And among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein.
Centrum Valley Farms, based out of Alden and Galt, Iowa donated more than 108,000 eggs to the Food Bank of Iowa on March 21 at 1:30 p.m. to help families struggling with food insecurity.
Centrum Valley Farms’ efforts are part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America. For the fifth consecutive spring, America’s egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny and families in need, a helping hand by donating nearly 10 million fresh eggs. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million — equaling nearly 50 million dozen.
“Centrum Valley Farms is proud to be partnering with the Food Bank of Iowa to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season," said Jenny Muilenburg, of Centrum Valley Farms.
For food banks across America, high quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are especially needed and valued. According to the USDA, one large egg delivers six grams of protein, along with 13 essential nutrients, including choline, folate, iron and zinc. After a review of the nutrient composition of standard large eggs last year, USDA concluded that the average amount of cholesterol was 14 percent lower, and vitamin D content was 64 percent higher, than previously measured.
According to the Food Bank of Iowa, one in eight Iowans are food insecure and over 350,000 Iowans live at or below the poverty level.
“We are very pleased to receive this donation from the United Egg Producers and Centrum Valley Farms,” says Carey Miller, executive director of the Food Bank of Iowa. “They continue to be a tremendous supporter of our organization, and this donation of nutritious and protein-rich eggs will help us provide essential food resources to assist Iowans in need.”
“If you’ve ever met an egg farmer, you know just how incredibly generous and giving these men and women are,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers. “All year long, but especially at Easter, they proudly do what they can to support the communities in which they live and work.”