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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Jordan Egg Farm of Louisiana is donating more than 5,000 eggs to Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

Families continue to struggle to put food on their tables, leading more and more to turn to food assistance organizations across the country for help. In fact, more than 48 million Americans live in food insecure homes.

"We're thrilled to donate much-needed protein to Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana just in time for the Easter holiday," stated Jason Jordan, President of Jordan Egg Farm. "Jordan Egg Farm is a 2nd generation family business, and we take pride in giving back to our local community."

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana service area covers 7,231 square miles. In this area there are approx. 65,000 individuals living in food insure homes and 42% are children. Last year the Food Bank distributed 3.9 million pounds of food to individuals in need and expect an increase in 2013.

Among the most needed items at food assistance organizations are sources of high quality protein, such as fresh eggs. According to the USDA, one large egg delivers six grams of protein and 13 essential nutrients such as choline, folate, iron and zinc. Additionally, the USDA concluded in 2011 that the average amount of cholesterol was 14 percent lower and vitamin D content was 64 percent higher than previously thought.

"There is a serious hunger crisis here in our communities," said Belinda Carver, Development Director at Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, "Together we can make a difference."

"Year-round our generous farmers donate fresh eggs to their local food assistance organizations," stated

Chad Gregory, president and CEO of United Egg Producers. "We come together during the Easter season to give a little extra and make fresh eggs available to food insecure families across the country."

For the sixth consecutive Easter season, the United Egg Producers have organized a nationwide effort to give food insecure families a helping hand. U.S. egg farmers are donating nearly 9 million fresh eggs this year, bringing the total number of fresh eggs donated by egg farmers since 2008 to 69 million. Consumers can also participate in the nationwide effort by going to www.facebook.com/UEPCertified and pledging to buy UEP-certified eggs. For every pledge received, United Egg Producers will donate one carton of eggs to a local food assistance organization.

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