GARY | Food Bank of Northwest Indiana officials collected nearly 82,000 eggs Wednesday, and they didn't have to hunt for them.
Dunkin' Donuts and America's Egg Farmers donated 6,825 dozen eggs to the organization.
"We don’t get many fresh eggs at the food bank, so to get so many just before the holiday is incredible," said Arleen Peterson, executive director at the food bank.
Dunkin' Donuts and America's Egg Farmers collaborated on a program to donate one egg for each Dunkin' Donuts Eggs Benedict breakfast sandwich sold during the first week of March.
John Costello, president of global marketing for Dunkin' Brands, said 54,600 dozen eggs were donated to Feeding America, a network of food banks in the country, through the program.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is one of eight food assistance agencies in the country that received fresh eggs from the donation program.
The food bank will distribute the eggs to its member agencies, which include food pantries and soup kitchens.
Kathy Scurlock, director of the Operation Care food pantry in Griffith, is excited to have eggs to provide to clients.
"People ask if we have eggs, especially at this time of year, so we know they’ll go fast and will be greatly appreciated," Scurlock said.
Some of the eggs also will be distributed during the food bank's upcoming Pantry on the Go events.
"Eggs are nutrient packed and one of the highest sources of protein available, and with this donation of over 80,000 eggs, the food bank can provide thousands of nutritious meals for our neighbors," said Jason Nichols, who represented Creighton Brothers Farms and America’s Egg Farmers during Wednesday's donation.