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Ripon concern donates 51,000 eggs to food bank
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More than 4,200 families aren’t going to have to go without the annual tradition of dyeing and hiding Easter eggs this year.

Last week the Second Harvest Food Bank received their annual donation of more than 51,000 eggs from Ripon’s NuCal Foods – the largest distributor of eggs in the Western United States.

According to Second Harvest Administrative Services and Event Coordinator Alanna Robins, the eggs will be distributed both through the kids in the community that participate in the organization’s Food for Thought program as well as throughout the network of agencies and food pantries that help meet the need of hungry families in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

“This is something that NuCal does every year right around Easter, and it helps to provide food for people who are in need as well as eggs for children to use for Easter,” Robbins said. “It’s a big boost for us this time of the year.”

The nutrient-dense eggs will be a welcome addition to local agencies and food pantry programs that partner with Second Harvest to meet the growing need in local communities that has been exacerbated by the housing crisis and rising unemployment rates in the area.

With the number of people that Second Harvest serves increasing, any assistance from local businesses is a big help.

“The face of hunger has changed during these current times and the need for food assistance in our community has increased by 20 percent over the last year while donations have decreased,” Second Harvest CEO Mike Mallory said. “Second Harvest Food Bank is grateful for donations like these that help us continue to fight hunger and feed hope in our local community.”

And the timing with the Easter holiday isn’t a coincidence.

With eggs as a centerpiece for most families who hard-boil, dye and hide them for children to find, NuCal joins up with United Egg Producers and Feeding America to distribute 12 million eggs nationwide to help combat hunger and help put something on the table that people traditionally associate with spring.

“NuCal Foods is an agricultural cooperative of multi-generation family-owned farms that has served northern California for over 50 years,” said Dave Crockett of NuCal foods. “We are proud to be partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season.”