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Local Farm Donates Eggs in Time for Easter

J & A Farms Donates 36,000 Eggs to the Great Plains Food Bank. Farmers Nationwide to Contribute Nearly 10 Million Eggs to Food Banks

FARGO (March 21, 2012) — Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families across North Dakota, western Minnesota and across America are currently relying on food assistance. In fact, one in eight Americans will receive help in 2012 from food banks nationwide. And among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein.

Lake Park’s own J&A Farms are donating 36,000 eggs to the Great Plains Food Bank on March 21 at 10:30 a.m. to help families struggling with food insecurity.

J&A 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 12 million fresh eggs. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 62 million — equaling nearly 52 million dozen.

“J&A Farms is a second generation family business, and we are proud to be partnering with the Great Plains Food Bank to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season," said Amon Baer of J & A 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 latest statistics from the Great Plains Food Bank, both need for emergency food assistance reached all-time highs in 2011, with food for 9.4 million meals provided to more than 71,400 individuals struggling with hunger – a 6.2% increase over 2010.

Fresh, protein-rich and nutritious food is in great demand by the food pantries and soup kitchens that we supply,” said Marcia Paulson, Director of Marketing and Development for the Great Plains Food Bank. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer them fresh eggs.”

“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.”

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