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Thursday, April 1, 2010 09:34 pm

EGG-STRAORDINARY MEASURES

Pearl Valley Eggs delivered more than 43,000 eggs to Central Illinois Food Bank last Tuesday, as part of a yearly effort to fight hunger during Easter.

United Egg Producers and Feeding America will donate more than 12 million eggs, with Pearl Valley contributing a quarter of a million eggs to food banks across the state. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, roughly 11.1 percent of Illinoisans don’t have regular access to safe, nutritious food for an active and healthy life.

Central Illinois Food Bank will distribute the eggs to nonprofit organizations, says communications director Gloria Shanahan. When the food bank receives a donation, it’s listed in a computerized inventory, where over 160 organizations (such as food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters) from 21 counties can request the item.

Shanahan says all 43,000 eggs will be spoken for by Friday.

Most donations the food bank receives are past their sell-by dates, overflow stock or failed product launches, says Kristy Gilmore, manager of agency and food resources. The eggs, however, are fresh, specially delivered and packaged for the food bank.

Last year, Central Illinois Food Bank distributed 4.5 million pounds of food. This year, it will be around six million, Gilmore says. 
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