America's egg farmers are donating more than 46 million eggs in 2020 -- the largest amount ever recorded -- as food banks across the nation experience unparalleled demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. egg farmers have long supported families in need through egg and egg product donations, but these donations are even more important this year.
Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest networks of food banks, projects that an additional 17.1 million people will experience food insecurity in the U.S. and that there will be an estimated $1.4 billion shortfall in U.S. food bank donations due to the pandemic. Egg farmers are responding by helping meet the growing need at food banks.
Eggs are always in high demand at U.S. food banks because they are a popular source of high-quality protein and other important nutrients, like choline for brain health and development. However, the perishable nature of eggs can make donating them challenging. America's egg farmers are bridging this gap by donating directly from their farms.
“Compassion, generosity and hard work have always been the core values of our American egg farmers,” American Egg Board (AEB) president and chief executive officer Emily Metz said. “Now, when the mission to nourish America's families is more urgent than ever, egg farmers have risen to the occasion and are doing what they always do: feeding people. This milestone egg donation comes at a critical time, and the AEB is proud to help extend this donation even further.”
In support of egg farmers’ significant donation and to provide even more nutritious meals to American families in need, AEB said it will contribute 166,000 eggs to the Maryland Food Bank, along with $15,000 to Full Hearts, Full Bellies -- a newly organized community kitchen in Brooklyn, N.Y., that provides 600 meals to children each day.
“COVID-19-related demand for food has reached unprecedented levels, so this donation of protein-rich eggs could not have come at a better time,” Maryland Food Bank communications director Joanna Warner said. “We’re grateful for partners like the American Egg Board, which made these eggs available for our network of community partners to distribute as part of our ever-expanding hunger relief efforts across Maryland.”
AEB, on behalf of the nation’s egg farmers, is encouraging Americans to contact their local food pantry and determine how they, too, can join the fight against hunger today.”