For the sixth year, Trillium Farms is helping to fill the tables of local families. Trillium Farms donated 3,600 dozen eggs to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley during National Egg Month in May.
“Eggs have always been an important staple in the American diet, but it is also one of the hardest food categories to acquire,” said Michael Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. “With our food bank reporting a 14 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance, compared to one year ago, this egg donation could not have come at a better time.” Iberis said that the food bank currently directs food to 153 local food pantries, soup kitchens and other hunger-relief providers in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
In addition to Trillium Farms’ contribution, six other Ohio egg farmers are making egg donations this month to 12 food banks that are part of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Ohio egg farmers who are participating in the contribution include: Trillium Farms of Croton; Ft. Recovery Equity of Fort Recovery; Hemmelgarn & Sons, Inc. of Coldwater; Stoller Farms of Van Wert; Hertzfeld Poultry Farms of Grand Rapids; Weaver Brothers, Inc. of Versailles; Rindler Poultry of St. Henry; and Ross-Medford Farms of New Weston.
The Ohio contribution complements a national initiative being conducted by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America that will provide more than 9 million eggs to food banks nationwide through a donation from America’s egg farmers located across the country.
“Ohio eggs are a critical item for Ohio’s hunger relief providers because they are a versatile, high-protein item that is a staple among Ohio’s needy families,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Ohio Association of Foodbanks executive director. “We are grateful that Ohio’s egg farmers recognize the need for eggs at a time when Ohio food banks are experiencing significant demand.”