Community & Donations
Farwell, TX - May 21, 2020 - The Lighthouse Mission Food Bank of Clovis, NM, thanks Cal-Maine Farwell, TX for it consistent support of providing up to 5,000 eggs every 2 or 3 weeks throughout the year. In their recent thank you note, Richard and Geri Gomez said "I am writing to say thank you for your faithful support. By donating eggs you have helped ease our Kitchen's budget. We, with your help, are feeding so many. It is our prayer that God generously repay you for your kindness"
San Antonio, TX - May 20, 2020 - The San Antonio Food Bank thanks Cal-Maine Foods for the generous donation of 280,000 eggs.
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Chillicothe, TX - May 20, 2020 - The Cal-Maine Foods Chillicothe, Texas location donated over 100,000 eggs to the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth. This Food Bank services a 13 county area of North Texas with the help of 330 Partner agencies providing emergency groceries to the ones in need. The staff at the food bank told Michael Cordova, the GM at Chillicothe that the donation of eggs was a blessing. Eggs are always needed and especially at this time with Covid-19 causing so much suffering.
Baton Rouge, LA - May 19, 2020 - Today, egg producer Cal-Maine Foods, INC, located in Pine Grove, La., donated two truckloads consisting of 1,560 cases of eggs (280,800 eggs in each truck) to the five food banks across the state. Click here for video.Those food banks are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport. “Cal-Maine is generously donating an excellent source of protein to help families in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Last week, Cal-Maine informed me there was additional inventory of farm-fresh eggs and was looking for a way to help the community. My suggestion was to donate those eggs to the state’s food banks.” The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Cal-Maine will distribute the eggs by the end of the month. Cal-Maine has approximately 40 egg producing plants across the country.
Jackson, MS - May 19, 2020 - Cal-Maine donates 280,000 eggs to the Mississippi Food Network. Click here for Video.
Pasco County, FL - May 19, 2020 - Cal-Maine South Florida operations donated four printers valued at $5,000 to the Pasco County School System. The contribution was greatly appreciated and the administrators of the schools receiving the printers were extremely grateful. Thanks Cal-Maine Florida for "giving back" to your local community.
Miami, FL - May 18, 2020 - Here are a couple pictures from this weekend's successful event! Our team and other volunteers packed food into bags and boxes early that morning and loaded them into the cars as they drove through. According to our count you helped us feed around 1,000 people! The Cal Maine eggs were amazing and it helped so much that they were already in cartons! These families were so thankful! We actually gave away about half the donation of eggs and will give away the rest at the food distribution next weekend! In one of the photos you can see a sign we made for these events that says "God provides" in English, Spanish and Creole. We want to remind everyone who comes through that God is the one providing for them! We created a Facebook post as well and tagged Cal Maine Foods Inc. On Facebook I noticed the many posts in which Cal Maine has donated or contributed to charitable causes all over the country! What an amazing company that does so much good in this time of need! Thank you again for your generosity, kindness and willingness to help! God bless you and your families! - Jocelyn Medrano Envision Miami Resident
Bethune, SC - May 15, 2020 - The teachers of Blaney Elementary thank Cal-Maine Foods Bethune for their donation of boxes.
Edwards, MS - May 15, 2020 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. in Edwards, MS is partnering with Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Bobby McGowan to help provide needed food and PPE to elderly and vulnerable citizens throughout the Hinds County Area. Cal-Maine Foods contributed over 400 dozen eggs in effort to support this project. With the help of community leaders like McGowan and pillars of the community like Cal-Maine Foods, we will stand united against COVID-19. Thank you Cal-Maine Foods for your work and support!
Pine Grove, LA - May 15, 2020 - Cal-Maine Foods, Pine Grove location announces donation of 560,000 eggs. Corey Davis, General Manager has scheduled the delivery of the eggs next week to the Baton Rogue Food Bank and the Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans. At this time of the Covid-19 pandemic so many people are suffering economic woes and Cal-Maine Foods has been able to donate millions of eggs to local food banks and charities.
Chase, KS - May 11, 2020 - When Rice County District Hospital in Kansas sent out a plea for protective gear for their hospital employees, Brian Ballard, general manager of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Chase, Kansas and his team donated 300 N95 protective masks.
Doral-Miami, FL - May 8, 2020 - Cal-Maine Foods Dade City, FL donated over 10,000 eggs to Presencia Viva, a Hispanic Christian Church located in Doral - Miami Florida for distribution to those who have been economically devastated by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following statement was posted on Presencia Viva's Facebook page, "We are grateful! The good news continues, God keeps surprising me. We received a donation of more than ten thousand eggs that were delivered to families of Viva Presence and other communities; at all times we have seen their provision and care.Thank you to those who have been an instrument of blessing for this to happen."
Amarillo, TX - May 8, 2020 - Cal-Maine Foods Farwell, TX, donated 24,300 eggs to the High Plains Food Bank for the High Plains Agriculture Pop-UP Pantry. Zachery Wilson, Executive Directory expressed his appreciation to Cal-Maine for providing eggs for 2,000 families. The eggs will be distributed along with other food items at the "Neighbors Feeding Neighbors" drive thru event in Amarillo. With so many families dealing with the effects of Covid-19, a family can drive thru the Pop-Up Pantry and receive the food without having to get out of their cars. Davis Wilbourn, General Manager of Cal-Maine's Farwell facility, was pleased to participate in this worthwhile event of giving back to the community.
United Against Poverty, Inc. - May 7, 2020 - The additional $504.30 gift Cal-Maine Foods Dade City made to United Against Poverty, Inc. will go a long way in helping to lift the lives of struggling families. We thank you for selecting United Against Poverty, Inc. as your partner in this endeavor.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) May 5, 2020 - Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the donation of more than 560,000 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods to Feeding Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative. “Kentucky agriculture continues to step up to the plate to fight hunger during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles. “Thanks to Cal-Maine Foods, more vulnerable Kentuckians have access to fresh, nutritious eggs.”
- “Feeding Kentucky is incredibly grateful to Commissioner Quarles for facilitating this donation as a part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative,” said Jamie Sizemore, executive director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. “Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen a 30 to 60 percent increase in demand for food in our region. These fresh eggs from Cal-Maine Foods will go a long way to fulfilling the need.”
- Feeding Kentucky’s seven member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with a network of over 800 local food pantries and shelters. The organization reached an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians each year. Members in 2019 distributed 86 million pounds of food and grocery products, which was enough to supply 72 million meals for those in need.
“Cal-Maine Foods is honored to support our communities through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Feeding America,” said Marc Ashby, director of special projects for Cal-Maine Foods. “Programs, such as Commissioner Quarles’ Hunger Initiative, serve a vital need in our state. Our food banks are on the front line of ensuring food stability for many Kentuckians, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Cal-Maine Foods Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing, and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, organic, and nutritionally enhanced eggs. The company, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the nation's largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs and sells the majority of its shell eggs in states in the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions.
Siloam Springs, AR - May 1, 2020 - Benton County Foods, a Cal-Maine company located in northwest Arkansas, has donated 62,000 eggs to Food Banks in Arkansas and Oklahoma since the middle of April. Recognizing the need for providing food to local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., has consistently continued to make donations thru Food Banks and Charity organizations in various states.
United Against Poverty, Inc. - April 22, 2020 - The $4884.90 gift Cal-Maine Foods Dade City recently made to United Against Poverty, Inc. will go a long way in helping to lift the lives of struggling families. Your investment will ensure that:
- Parents can provide proper nutrition for their children at an average savings of 62% through the subsidization of food items in our Member Share Grocery Program.
- The hard-working adults recently enrolled in our Success Training Employment Program have access to the resources they need to become skilled workers and secure living wage jobs.
- Those individuals in true crisis situations can earn emergency food through our Passport to Prosperity Program by meeting with a Case Manager and creating a customized Care Plan to reach a permanent higher ground.
We thank you for selecting United Against Poverty, Inc. as your partner in this endeavor and we look forward to the continued success of this campaign.
Thank you for providing a hand up!
The Blackshear Times - April 15, 2020 Blackshear, GA - We Have to Keep Going
Those working in the food and grocery industry have quickly become “necessary personnel” as the coronavirus pandemic begins to impact more segments of the community, and many American Egg employees here in Blackshear now see their job as more than just a paycheck.
“We have to keep going. We have an overwhelming responsibility,” says Matt Thompson, general manager of American Egg Products, a division of Cal-Maine Foods based in Jackson, MS.
“The whole world eats food that contains our product. It’s a very big responsibility, but I feel good about it.” Most of Thompson’s employees see it the way he does. Thompson hired five new employees in anticipation of absences as people struggled with how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and scrambled to make arrangements for childcare with schools closed. But, American Egg is still averaging 98 percent attendance. “There has been no absence,” Thompson says gratefully.
That’s not to say the pandemic hasn’t changed the way American Egg does business. Their cleaning and sanitizing process has increased, a process that adds expenses but hasn’t slowed down operations by much, Thompson says. Hand washing is already a large part of their process — employees reportedly sanitize 10-20 times a day as they move from one processing area to another.
“The movement of safe food cannot stop. It is more important now than ever to make sure our doors stay open in order to prevent any interruption in the food supply of the United States and the world. We have always taken great care to make clean, safe food, but it has never been more important than it is now,” Thompson says.
Cal-Maine Foods VP of Operations Chris Myers presents a $100,000 donation in support of the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program to Step Up For Students Development Officer Diana Allen.
January 10, 2020 | DADE CITY, Fla.– Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., the largest producer and marketer of eggs in the United States, has contributed $100,000 to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.
The donation funds about 14 scholarships for deserving K-12 schoolchildren in Florida through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which is funded by corporations with tax-credited donations. The scholarships give lower-income children the opportunity to attend a private or out-of-district school that best meets their learning needs.
“At Cal-Maine Foods, it is very important for us to give back to our community,” said Dolph Baker, CEO of Cal-Maine Foods. “We are proud to partner with Step Up and we know that our support is making a difference in the lives of Florida schoolchildren.”
This is the first year that Cal-Maine Foods has partnered with Step Up For Students, a nonprofit organization that helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Step Up is serving more than 100,400 students for the 2019-20 school year. More than 1,800 private schools participate in the scholarship program statewide.
“It is wonderful to have Cal-Maine Foods support our mission of helping disadvantaged schoolchildren access a school that fits their learning needs,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “We are grateful for their generosity and support of deserving students in our community.”