WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Denham joined efforts with Sauder Eggs and the United Egg Producers (UEP) to donate a shipment of 274,000 eggs to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.
“It is an honor to join forces with the United Egg Producers in this event to give back to the community,” Denham said in a news release. “As the economy continues to recover, it is encouraging to see businesses use their resources to help those in need. Our country can work its way out of this recession, but it is going to take the combined efforts of local communities and businesses, as well as responsible, bipartisan legislation from Congress.
“This is why I cosponsored H.R. 3798, which would provide uniform regulations across the nation for egg farmers in the production and packaging of their eggs that will result in reduced prices for consumers. As a farmer, I understand the importance of regulatory certainty when trying to produce an affordable and safe food supply.”
H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, will provide a national standard on cage sizes for egg-laying hens. The bill signifies a compromise between the egg industry and animal welfare advocates that calls for uniformity among state regulations on egg production.
For the Capital Area Food Bank, and many other food banks and shelters across the nation, eggs are a highly valuable source of protein for those at risk of being hungry. Currently, the Capital Area Food Bank provides food sourcing, distribution, and nutrition education for over 478, 000 people in the Metropolitan D.C. Area, and they have recently seen a 25 percent increase in demand for their services, due to the economic hardships facing families in this economy, according to the news release.
To find out more about how you can contribute to a food bank in your community, please visit www.feedingamerica.org.