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Concord Egg Farmers Help Struggling Families with Donation of 25,920 Eggs

 Despite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in our community — and across America — are currently relying on food assistance.  In fact, one in eight Americans will receive help in 2012 from local food banks.  Among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein.

California’s own NuCal Foods donated more than 432,000 eggs to local food banks including a donation of 25,920 eggs to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to help families struggling with food insecurity.

NuCal Foods’ 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 5 million dozen.

“NuCal Foods farmers are  third and fourth generation family businesses, and we are proud to be partnering with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season,” said Jim Van Gorkom, VP of Sales and Marketing, of NuCal Foods.

High quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are especially needed and valued at food banks like ours.  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.

We are grateful to receive such a generous donation from our local egg farmers.  It is a privilege to receive such a protein-rich, highly nutritional food to share with those in need in our community.

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Sharing a Bountiful Year

I was sitting at my desk on the last business day of the year – December 30. Our hard working staff was happy to go home early. I had plenty to keep myself busy for a while longer, some neglected thank you letters, a few holiday cards to complete, and I, too, would be headed home.

Suddenly there was a knock on the Food Bank door. “Are we too late? Will you take our donation?” they asked. “Of course”, I said. “Please drive around back and I will meet you at the door.” figuring a few more bags of donated food is always a good thing.  What I saw when I unlocked the back door was staggering – two vehicles stuffed with food! I quickly got two carts to help unload the bounty. Confused, I asked, “Was this a group collection?” “Oh, no,” said Mike Bailey, “this is just from our family. We had a good year and wanted to give back.”

It took all five family members and myself to unload cases of canned vegetables and fruits, whole grain cereal boxes, and practically everything we at the Food Bank wish for. “We went to your website and printed off your most wanted food items so we were sure to get what is needed,” said Laura Bailey. All I could say is, “You sure did!” Their donation weighed in at 1,214 pounds of food, the equivalent of 971 meals!

Thank you to the Bailey family of Vacaville. Thank you to everyone who has donated a can of food, a dollar, or an hour of your time to the Food Bank in 2011. We are serving 132,000 neighbors in need every month and distributing almost 14 million pounds of food a year and WE COULD NOT DO ANY OF IT WITHOUT YOU. Best wishes for a wonderful 2012 and our sincere gratitude for your partnership in the battle against hunger.