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Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Rick Pate Recognizes Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. for their Donation of 280,800 Eggs to Families Impacted by COVID-19

Jul 10, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- On Friday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m., Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate joined Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. at the Montgomery Area Food Bank in recognition of their donation of 280,800 eggs to the Feeding America Food Banks and other organizations across the state of Alabama. This generous contribution is designed to help Alabama families and people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to thank Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. out of Baldwin County for the generous donation of 23,400 dozen table eggs and Mark Colson of the Alabama Trucking Association for delivering the eggs. This donation will improve the lives of many Alabamians struggling during the pandemic,” said Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate. “Cal-Maine showed they were a responsible corporate citizen to care about our under-served citizens. Also, to have the Alabama Trucking Association quickly agree to provide transportation for the delivery was gratifying.”

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The Feeding America network of food banks feeds approximately 40 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

“The generosity of the Cal-Maine donation will supply all of Alabama’s Feeding America® member network food banks and their Partner Distribution Organizations with pallets of fresh, nutritious eggs to combat Alabama food insecurity and hunger, which has seen an exponential growth due to COVID-19,” said Rich Deem, CEO of Montgomery Area Food Bank. “Families attempting to stretch their food budgets will appreciate the versatility eggs bring to the table.”

Many families across Alabama are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. generous donation of 280,800 eggs will help those in need. The eggs were shipped from the Cal-Maine location in Robertsdale, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. and then distributed by the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) to Food Banks across the state.

The Alabama Trucking Association has represented state trucking operations since 1938 for the promotion of fair and reasonable regulation of the industry. In 2015, the Alabama trucking businesses provided 105,630 jobs.

“We are proud to assist the Dept. of Agriculture with this initiative. Alabama truckers have huge hearts, and they understand their role in keeping our economy going,” said Mark Colson, CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association. “But more importantly, they care for their families, friends and neighbors who have been directly affected by this pandemic.”

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States. In 2019, they sold around 1,038.9 million dozen shell eggs, which represented 19% of domestic shell egg consumption. Cal-Maine manages a total flock of approximately 36.2 million layers and 9.4 million pullets and breeders.

“We support our communities and are proud to have been in business in Alabama for many years,” Wil Webb, Vice President of Cal-Maine said. “We are enormously honored to contribute back to the communities that our employees call home.”

The Montgomery Area Food Bank, whose mission is do everything possible to combat hunger and food insecurity in 35 of Alabama's 67 counties through a framework of philanthropic, logistic and educational programs, will facilitate the donation.

Visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/ for more information about eggs.

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