It’s National Volunteer Week! Here’s how our farmers give back


It’s National Volunteer Week—a perfect time to shine a spotlight on the outsized impact of volunteering on our country. Here are the big numbers: in 2013 alone, 12.7 million Canadians aged 15 and older did volunteer work. Altogether they spent nearly two billion hours volunteering!1

Last year Canadian egg farmers donated 4.6 million eggs to food banks and breakfast programs across the country, and volunteered their time with causes important to their communities. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we want to share just some of our favourite stories of how egg farmers give back.

British Columbia

BC Egg is a proud partner of Easter Seals BC & Yukon. Working with Easter Seals, British Columbian egg farmers made a $10,000 donation to help send kids with disabilities to summer camp. They are running a contest to encourage more donations—donors in BC can win free eggs for a year!

Alberta

Canadian egg farmers’ partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada helps to feed more than 200,000 kids every morning, giving them the nutrition they need to learn and grow.2 Check out this great photo of Egg Farmers of Alberta helping out in school!

Saskatchewan

Egg farmers in Saskatchewan help families served by the Regina Food Bank by donating eggs for holiday hampers—bringing a little extra joy on Christmas morning. Saskatchewan Egg Producers are also supporting others abroad, donating a new truck to the  Heart for Africa (Canada) egg project in Eswatini!

Manitoba

Agriculture in the Classroom cultivates an interest in agriculture among students through curriculum-linked program and resources throughout schools. Pictured here is Manitoba egg farmer Sandra Dyck volunteering with Agriculture in the Classroom through Manitoba Egg Farmers, telling students more about life on an egg farm.

Ontario

Egg Farmers of Ontario were helping to Beat Hunger along with the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Ontarians were asked to vote for their local food bank, and the winning food bank received a donation of nutritious eggs.

Quebec

The Fédération des producteurs d’œufs du Québec donated $77,000 to Foundation OLO, helping young children get the nutrition they need to grow and lead healthy lives.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s Geary Elementary hosted an Eat for Education breakfast, raising money for student learning. Egg Farmers of New Brunswick was proud to support the fun with donated eggs! New Brunswick egg farmers donate eggs to over 50 breakfast programs across the province.

Prince Edward Island

Egg Farmers of Prince Edward Island donate to breakfast programs, the food bank and Salvation Army. PEI egg farmers care about their local communities and want to support their fellow Islanders in whatever way they can.

Nova Scotia

On March 23, the Clarke family of Southview Farms attended a fundraiser dinner in support of the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation. The VRFH is working to raise funds to purchase three ventilators for the Valley Regional Hospital. The Clarke family donated toward the cause, and also donated the eggs guests enjoyed during the fundraising dinner.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador partner with Kids Eat Smart, a charity dedicated to education, health and well-being for school children—supporting kids across the province.