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Ohio Eggs Hatching Effort to Feed People in Need

PHOTO: Ohio farmers are donating thousands of eggs this month to food banks in the state. Photo credit: Ohio Poultry Association.
PHOTO: Ohio farmers are donating thousands of eggs this month to food banks in the state. Photo credit: Ohio Poultry Association.
September 25, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio - Eggs have long been proven to be a solid source of protein and nutrition, which is just what food-deprived families in the Buckeye State need.

In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Ohio egg farmers are donating more than half a million eggs to food banks in Columbus, Johnstown, Dayton and Lima. Jim Chakeres, executive vice president with the Ohio Poultry Association, explains why the effort is so significant.

"Eggs are an important part of a healthy diet," says Chakeres. "They're one of the best sources of protein out there and protein is often lacking in what the food bank has available."

Ohio ranks second in the nation for egg production, producing 7.6 billion eggs annually. About 2,000 households will benefit from their donation.

According to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, more than 16 percent of Ohio households are food insecure, which is higher than all neighboring states. Food hardship is even more prevalent in households with children, with more than 25 percent of those saying they experience food hardship.

Chakeres says it's nice to take some of their bounty and share it with the people who really need it.

"The egg farmers want to share the wealth and we appreciate our customers who support us and now we want to help spread that good quality food to everyone," says Chakeres.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - OH