Talk about an egg-cellent delivery.
On Wednesday morning, Lakewood-based Emergency Food Network received a donation of 43,200 eggs, not from the Easter Bunny, but from Wilcox Farms.
The donation -- each carton contained 18 eggs -- couldn’t have come at a better time, as record numbers of families in Washington and across the nation are relying on food assistance. EFN distributes food to 67 food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County that serve more than 110,000 people every month.
EFN Executive Director Helen McGovern, who was present for the egg delivery, expressed her gratitude for what she called a “very generous donation.”
“Protein is the most costly and difficult for us to provide for food banks and meal sites,” she said.
EFN Development Director Jeff Klein agreed, adding that they are thankful “for a healthy, nutritious and good quality protein source like Wilcox eggs, especially in this quantity.”
Wilcox Farms’ efforts are part of a national effort organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America to donate 10 million fresh eggs to American families in need. The haul brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million eggs – or 5 million dozen.
“Wilcox Farms is a fourth-generation family business, and we are proud to be partnering with the Emergency Food Network to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season," said Wendi Shaw of Wilcox Farms, in a news release.
Klein noted, “Wilcox Farms has been a generous provider each spring for the past few years.”
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 iron and zinc.
“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.”