NEW YORK—Food Bank for New York City (FBNYC) received a generous donation of more than 100,000 eggs from two neighboring egg suppliers, Moark LLC and Sauder’s Eggs, on Wednesday.
“The eggs donation will be distributed to the Food Bank’s network of approximately 1,000 food assistance programs throughout the five boroughs, and will help the Food Bank meet the growing demand for nutritious food,” said FBNYC Senior Media Relations Manager Carol Schneider.
The eggs will go to feed 1.4 million New Yorkers—mainly women, children, seniors, the working poor, and individuals with disabilities—who depend on soup kitchens and food pantries. The distribution of 100,000 eggs “will go very quickly,” Schneider said.
Fresh eggs are highly sought after due their nutritional value and high protein content. As eggs are among the most difficult foods to acquire for food banks, Wednesday’s donation was a big bonus for FBNYC.
Food poverty continues to be a reality and a menace in New York City, one of the richest cities in the world. “More than 3 million New Yorkers are having difficulty affording food for themselves and their families. That’s an astounding number,” said Lucy Cabrera, president and chief executive officer of FBNYC.“Each day, America’s food banks are receiving more and more requests for assistance from people who have never turned to them before. In New York City, 93 percent of food pantries and soup kitchens are seeing an increase in the number of first-time visitors. The nation’s egg farmers are keenly aware of this need, and we are very grateful for [their] continued commitment to play an active role in their local communities. This donation will go a long way toward feeding New Yorkers in need,” Cabrera said.
The donation was part of the Good Egg Project, a program by America’s egg farmers to educate the public about modern egg farming and to support the fight against hunger.
“This is the second time our company has donated to the Food Bank. We took this opportunity as egg farmers of the United States to donate eggs to the Food Bank to highlight that eggs are now 14 percent lower in cholesterol and 64 percent higher in vitamin D, according to a recent USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] study,” said Paul Sauder, president of Sauder’s Eggs.
As an independent, nonprofit entity, Food Bank for New York City is the city’s leading hunger-relief organization. It aims to eliminate hunger through food distribution, income support, and nutrition education.