Egg Donation Helps Increase Healthy Food Access

Mar 6, 2018

An Indiana egg producer reaches the 1 million-family mark this week in its goal to help feed Hoosiers. The donation was part of a growing effort to provide food pantries with healthy food.

The Hatch program started three years ago to provide convenient, nutritious food to people living with food insecurity.

Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana, is one of the countries largest egg producers.

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Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner passed out 3,600 dozen eggs to families at St. Vincent DePaul’s Food Pantry on Indianapolis’s northeast side. He says eggs are in high demand at food pantries because of their nutritional value.

“Six grams of protein, 60-70 calories, all the vitamins that are in an egg, they help with brain development and bone growth,” Wesner says.

Wesner says many Hoosiers live with food insecurity.

“One in seven in Indiana go hungry, so this is a big deal for us,” he says. “We think that we produce one of God’s perfect foods.”

This delivery marks 1 million egg donations to Indiana families through the program.