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'Egg-citement' was in the air when nearly 82-thousand fresh eggs arrived in the Region Wednesday. Over 68-hundred dozen eggs were delivered to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Gary by Creighton Brothers Farms in time for Easter on behalf of America's Egg Farmers, who partnered with Dunkin' Donuts stores nationwide last month to provide fresh eggs to eight Feeding America food banks across the country. The eggs will be distributed to the Food Bank’s member pantries by the end of the day today (Thursday, April 17th). The Food Bank will also keep some eggs to give out at their upcoming Pantry on the Go distributions.
“We are so excited for this ‘egg-celent’ donation! We don’t get many fresh eggs at the Food Bank, so to get so many just before the holiday is incredible,” said Arleen Peterson, Food Bank Executive Director.
Kathy Scurlock, director of Operation Care food pantry in Griffith added, “Our clients are going to be so happy to see these. People ask if we have eggs, especially at this time of year, so we know they’ll go fast and will be greatly appreciated.”
“We are especially proud to partner with America's Egg Farmers for this particular program. We appreciate our guests' help in supporting Feeding America's efforts to solve hunger by trying the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich. One egg was donated for every sandwich sold March 3 - 9 for a total of 54,600 dozen eggs,” said John Costello, Dunkin' Brands President or Global Marketing.
Jason Nichols, who represented Creighton Brothers Farms and America’s Egg Farmers at the donation, also added, "Creighton Brothers is excited to be partnered with Dunkin Donuts and the American Egg Board to help with this donation to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Eggs are nutrient packed and one of the highest sources of protein available, and with this donation of over 80,000 eggs the Food Bank can provide thousands of nutritious meals for our neighbors." [Photos provided]
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