Second Harvest Food Bank Receives 43,200 Eggs from Ohio's Egg Farmers

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.”

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.”

The nation’s struggling economy continues to have an impact on families in Ohio, including higher cost for housing, utilities, transportation, and health care; wage stagnation; more part-time jobs; increasing poverty; and decreasing household incomes. As a result, these impacts have led to significant increases in demand for emergency food assistance as Ohio families struggle to put food on their plates.

“These factors have left local food pantries dependent upon the generosity of others, like Ohio egg farmers, to provide assistance to those who need it most,” said Hamler-Fugitt.

“Ohio’s egg farmers are honored to help Ohioans in need,” said Jim Chakeres, executive vice president of the Ohio Poultry Association. “This contribution is just one example of our commitment to supporting our local communities where we live and work, in addition to producing safe, affordable food for consumers and caring for our flocks and the environment.” He said Ohio ranks second in the nation for egg production and produces 7.6 billion eggs each year with a value of more than $490 million.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is part of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which includes 12 regional food banks across Ohio that distributes emergency food through a network of nearly 3,300 member charities. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks has been working with Ohio’s egg farmers since 2001 to provide eggs to food banks as part of the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program. The program is a joint venture between the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and Ohio’s agriculture producers to provide low-income Ohioans with the food they and their families need. Since the program partnership began, Ohio’s egg farmers have supplied more than 7 million eggs to the food bank network.

For more information regarding Ohio food banks and Ohio’s hunger relief programs, please visit www.ohiofoodbanks.org or call 614.221.4336.

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