Iowa egg farmers donate thousands of dozens to Food Bank of Iowa

DES MOINES — The Iowa Egg Council and Fareway Stores, Inc., delivered a full truckload of eggs to the Food Bank of Iowa on Jan. 30 for distribution to every food bank serving Iowa.

In addition, three Iowa egg producers — Sparboe Foods, Rose Acre Farms and Versova — went above and beyond and donated an additional 23,400 dozen eggs each to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Sparboe Foods, Rose Acre Farms and Versova are a part of Cracking Hunger, a donation partnership program between Iowa egg farmers and the Iowa food banks.

Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, which is important for bone health and immune function. Additionally, eggs provide an essential nutrient for fetal development, cell and eye health, and contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals.

Donations of eggs from individuals are rare, so food banks rely on donations from egg producers, wholesalers and retailers, along with bulk purchasing, to provide a supply for their clients.

To learn how you can help fight hunger in your community, visit

The Iowa Egg Council is a results-focused organization that partners with others to understand and meet the evolving consumer needs of eggs and egg products.