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Wilcox donates 21,000 dozen eggs to area food banks

LAKEWOOD, WA — As the economy makes a sluggish recovery, families in Washington continue to find themselves struggling with food insecurity.  Washington’s own Wilcox Family Farms are donating on average 21,000 dozen eggs to area food banks, including a delivery of 6  pallets to the Emergency Food Network in Lakewood, WA on Tuesday, April 19 at 9 a.m., to help these families in need- just in time for the Easter holiday.

“Wilcox Family Farms is a multi-generational family business and we are proud to be partnering with Emergency Food Network to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season,” said Wendi Wilcox of Wilcox Family Farms.

Each month in Pierce County more than 140,000 children, seniors and adults seek help finding food.  Of these individuals, 39 percent are children under 18 and 14 percent seniors over 55 years old.  In 2010, the Emergency Food Network distributed $18.5 million worth of food and other essentials to the 67 feeding programs it serves through the Distribution Center in Lakewood, WA.  The partnership here in Washington and throughout the nation will help feed 37 million of the more than 50 million men, women and children in America who are at risk of hunger, up significantly since the beginning of recession in December 2007.

“We are grateful to Wilcox Family Farms and their generous donation to the Emergency Food Network,” said Helen McGovern, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network.  “This annual donation enables us to provide much needed protein to our community food partners and emergency agencies to distribute to those in need.”

For 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 and egg farmers nationwide will be donating nearly 12 million eggs to help make sure America’s food banks are well stocked with nutrient-dense eggs.

An analysis from the USDA indicates eggs have much less cholesterol than previously thought and contain 64 percent more vitamin D.  Nutritious for their size and caloric content, every egg has 13 essential nutrients including the highest quality protein – choline, folate, iron and zinc – with only 75 calories.

“Our members make it a priority to help their local communities,” said Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers.  “We hope this holiday donation will make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most.”

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