The Easter Bunny paid a visit to the Capital Area Food Bank a week ahead of schedule and set some high "egg-spectations." One Pennsylvania company donated 280,000 eggs to help feed the hungry.
“It’s more than a quarter million eggs coming at a time when it’s pretty tough in the greater Washington area,” says Nancy Roman, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank.
Roman says the need for assistance has shifted to another group.
“We’re really seeing a rise in the working poor. The rising cost of gas, the rising cost of food at a time when incomes have remained stagnant, and we’re seeing an adjustment in the Social Security payroll tax. Working people are really struggling.”
Last year, the food bank and a network of partner agencies fed more than 470,000 people across the D.C. region. The organization continues to rely greatly on generous donations and volunteers and on Wednesday, a delivery happened to arrive in a big way.
“We’ve always tried to give back to the community and going back to my great grandfather, he used to take homeless people in and feed them dinner,” says Mark Sauder of Sauder’s Eggs.
For the fourth year, Pennsylvania-based Sauder’s Eggs dropped off cases and cases of their products worth between $15,000 and $20,000.
“We don’t get a lot of eggs and eggs are right at the top of the list of the kinds of things we need, along with fruits and vegetables and other protein sources,” says Roman.
“We hope that this helps feed the nation’s capital’s hungry,” says Sauder.
And just as quickly as the eggs came in, they will leave just as fast. Since the Capital Area Food Bank works with so many different agencies, it’s likely that all of the boxes will be gone in about a day.