TERRE HAUTE -- Indiana egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny something to hop about as Wabash Valley Produce prepares to donate more than 64,800 eggs to Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank for the Easter season.
Approximately 13.1 percent of people in Indiana live below or at poverty level and may be experiencing hunger.
"Helping neighboring families in need is of the utmost importance to our industry," Wabash Valley Produce representative Tom Seger said. "We're proud to offer our help and support when our community needs it now more than ever."
For the third year in a row, United Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up in the fight against hunger and local egg farmers across American are dropping off truckloads of much needed protein to local food banks just in time for Easter. The partnership here in Indiana and throughout the nation will help feed the nearly 49 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger.
"Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank salutes Wabash Valley Produce for joining together to help address the issue of hunger in western Indiana," said John E. Etling, Executive Director at Terre Haute. "This extremely generous donation of eggs and guarantees a great source of protein for families in need -- and especially children. We are truly grateful."
In coordination with Feeding America -- the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, egg farmers nationwide will be donating more than 12 million eggs to help make sure America's food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.
"United Egg Producers' members are dedicated to helping their local communities," United Egg Producers President Gene Gregory said. "Our hope is that this donation during the Easter holiday makes a significant difference in the lives of many people who live at risk of hunger."