How Canadian egg farmers are giving back in their local communitiesBy Egg Farmers of Canada
Whether they’re supplying food banks with eggs, connecting with grassroots organizations or contributing to community projects, egg farmers are like the nutritious eggs they supply: dependable and filled with goodness.
One of the ways egg farmers give back is through our Egg Farmers Give Back program, which provides funding to egg farmers across Canada in support of local grassroots community projects. Read on to discover some highlights from the past year and learn about just some of the many ways egg farmers give back from coast to coast.
BC Egg is a long-standing partner of Easter Seals, where farmers take participants on virtual barn tours to show them where their food comes from. They also sponsor SuperChefs Summer Camps, where eager young chefs learn about healthy meals and cooking. BC Egg also donates 40 dozen eggs each week to Sheway, an organization that provides comprehensive health and social services. British Columbia’s egg farmers also provided more than 600,000 eggs to Food Banks BC to help meet the increase in demand seen by food banks last year.
One of the ways Egg Farmers of Alberta gives back is by donating to Food Banks Alberta, a provincial network of more than 100 food banks, and Breakfast Club of Canada, a national network of in-school breakfast programs that include more than 70 schools in Alberta. During the winter holidays, Egg Farmers of Alberta and their partners donated more than 10,000 eggs to the Calgary Drop-In Centre, an emergency shelter that provides health services and housing support. In addition to donating nutritious eggs, farmers also give their time to Egg Farmers of Alberta’s Youth Development Program, inspiring future agricultural leaders.
Saskatchewan Egg Producers support a variety of community causes, donating hundreds of thousands of eggs each year to community groups like the Saskatoon Food Bank, Regina Food Bank and Friendship Inn. They also support the Public School Foundation’s Cheer Crate campaign for families in need. The Saskatoon initiative helps feed over 750 families during the school break weeks, and the crates included locally produced eggs—an excellent source of nutrition to help nourish families.
With food bank use at an all-time high, Manitoba Egg Farmers supports Winnipeg-based Harvest Manitoba with yearly egg donations. They donated 12,000 dozen eggs in October alone! Through their partnership with the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, Manitoba’s egg farmers help ensure children receive fresh, nutritious eggs as part of school meal and snack programs.
Ontario’s egg farmers support school nutrition programs, community events, sports teams and service clubs across the province. Examples include Student Nutrition Ontario, Feed Ontario and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. In 2022, Egg Farmers of Ontario announced a donation of $150,000 over five years to The Grove, a Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario site that provides mental health and wellness support for youth in rural communities. They are also working with vulnerable women’s groups in Nepal to help build resiliency and poultry farming capacity for economic sustainability through the World Accord’s Rights and Economic Development for Nepal’s Empowered Women program.
Fédération des producteurs d’œufs du Québec
The Fédération des producteurs d’œufs du Québec supports a variety of community causes including Breakfast Club of Canada, the Les Banques alimentaires du Québec and Leucan. In the fall, their 21st annual Golf Classic raised $81,000 for Foundation Olo, an organization dedicated to building food security by providing nutrition support for pregnant women and young families.
Egg Farmers of New Brunswick
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Egg Farmers of New Brunswick donated $51,500 to the Food Depot Alimentaire. This charitable organization builds food security in New Brunswick by serving food banks, community kitchens, school programs and other supportive agencies across the province. New Brunswick’s egg farmers also provide nutritious eggs to more than 25 schools in the province thanks to their longstanding eggs in schools program.
From helping feed Nova Scotians to funding community events, Nova Scotia’s egg farmers support a variety of community causes. Recent examples include supporting the shelter at Third Place Transition House and employment training programs at STEPs on Arthur. Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia also sponsors the Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic kitchen.
Prince Edward Island
Egg Farmers of Prince Edward Island donates eggs to local food banks on an ongoing basis. Their contributions help provide nutritious food to community members across the province and support food security to those in need. Egg Farmers of PEI also supports Agriculture in the Classroom, a program that aims to connect kids and agriculture through innovative, experiential programs and resources.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador donated 235 cases of eggs to the Community Food Sharing Association during the winter holidays, which were distributed to food banks across the island. They also support Breakfast Club of Canada and the Kids Eat Smart Foundation, as well as nutrition programs through Iris Kirby House and The Gathering Place.
Canadian egg farmers proudly give back and support their local communities from coast to coast. These are just a few of the recent ways egg farmers are giving back. To stay up-to-date on how egg farmers are making a difference in your local community, check out #EggFarmersGiveBack on social media.