Great Plains Food Bank receives over 30,000 eggs


Serving the Midwest for over 45 years, J&A Farms of Minnesota is donating more than 30,000 eggs to the Great Plains Food Bank in North Dakota. Stretched out shell to shell, each egg being approximately two and a half inches long, the 36,000 eggs reaches 1.4 miles. Pallets of eggs will be unloaded into the food bank warehouse in Fargo, N.D. on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

This marks 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. Egg farmers nationwide will again be donating nearly 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with eggs. Eggs are always a prized item for the food banks due to the dense nutritional and high protein content, and because they are one of the hardest food categories for them to acquire.

According to the latest statistics from the Great Plains Food Bank, both services and need for emergency food assistance reached all time highs in 2010, with food for 5.7 million meals provided to more than 66,000 individuals struggling with hunger.  Great Plains Food Bank partner agencies reported food shelf visits were up 8.4% and emergency meals served by more than 9% over 2009.

The partnership in North Dakota and throughout the nation will help feed the more than 50 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger. T