Over 60K dozen eggs were donated to food banks throughout Iowa and Nebraska this week!
We are proud to provide a donation of a truckload, containing 21,600 dozen eggs, to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines Wednesday, June 8, 2016 followed by donations of 10,800 dozen eggs each to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) in Cedar Rapids, IA and Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc. in Sioux City. That is over 64,800 dozen eggs in total!
The contributions were made in honor of Governor Branstad’s Iowa Egg Month, which took place in May. Iowa’s egg farmers lead the nation, caring for nearly 59 million laying hens that produce 16 billion eggs per year, according to the Iowa Egg Council. Nebraska’s egg farmers are one of the top 10 producers in the nation as well, caring for nearly 9 million laying hens, according to the American Egg Board.
“Fareway is proud to provide this donation to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines,” said CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “We are excited to partner in helping provide a nutritious food option to those in need.”
All Food Banks were extremely grateful as eggs are often a difficult food item to secure, and they are a highly sought-after in a nutritious and economical diet. For more information on the Food Banks donated to and how you can help further, see below.
The Food Bank of Iowa is a private, not-for-profit organization striving to meet the critical food needs of a diverse population through a network of more than 375 partner agencies in 55 counties. These partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic violence shelters, child and adult care centers, and youth and senior programs.
Food Bank for the Heartland is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 244 schools and 225 food pantries, emergency shelters and other non-profit partners. It is the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, serving 93 counties in the two-state region
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products to non-profit organizations and individuals in Northeast Iowa, while offering hunger education programs to the community and those in need.
The Food Bank of Siouxland, a non-profit organization, strives to be responsive to the needs of its agencies, donors and volunteers by efficiently soliciting and distributing food to feeding programs for the needy.
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) began service in Linn County in 1965 to help minimize the negative impact of low-wage incomes upon families and the community overall. Today, HACAP provides a variety of anti-poverty programs and collaborates with community partners to serve individuals and families in a six-county region. The HACAP Food Reservoir distributes food to more than 102 non-profit Partner Agencies and operates anti-hunger programs in seven counties.
Photo 1 left to right: Rick Beckwith (Store Manager at North Ankeny) and Kevin McCormick (Store Manager at Waukee) help unload eggs at the Food Bank of Iowa.
Photo 2 left to right: Maggie Schill (Sourcing Department, Food Bank for the Heartland); Mike Gudenrath (Sourcing Department, Food Bank for the Heartland); Angie Fitzgerald (Store Manager of Omaha Fareway, Audrey Street location); Chris Palm (Store Manager of Omaha Fareway, 90th Street location); Joel Wymore (Store Manager of Papillion Fareway)
Photo 3 left to right: B.J. Van Der Linden, Fareway Stores Supervisor; Chris Beeck, North Sioux City Fareway Store Manager; Jeff Youngstrom, Riverside Fareway Store Manager; Diane Sutcliffe, Sergeant Bluff Store Manager; Linda Scheid, Food Bank of Siouxland Executive Director.
Photo 4 left to right: Mike Knipp, Director of Development at Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Allen Weimerskirch, Waterloo Fareway Store Manager; Barb Prather, Executive Director at Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
Photo 5 left to right: Linda Gorkow, HACAP Food Reservoir; Barry Jarvis, Hiawatha Fareway Store Manager; Don Erps, Cedar Rapids Fareway Store Manager (16th Ave location); James Riley, Marion Fareway Store Manager; Dan Chapman, Cedar Rapids Store Manager (1st Avenue location)