Community & Donations
Cal-Maine is proud to be a part of America's Egg Farmers committed to Fighting Hunger.
September 11, 2020 - Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has been honored to be a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution Program, opening the fairgrounds to members of the community who may have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The public response to the distribution has been far-reaching, with the food box program providing fresh produce, dairy and meat products to families throughout our great state. On September 11, 2020, our Mississippi partners collaborated to provide nearly 1,700 meals to Mississippi families in need. Merchants Foodservice of Hattiesburg, Mississippi provided 1,680 meat boxes, Borden Dairy donated 2,800 gallons of milk and Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. donated 16,920 eggs.
August 24, 2020 - Athens, GA - Over the last 21 days Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., donated more than 1 million eggs to three regional food banks in Georgia so that people facing hunger have access to this nourishing, Georgia grown source of protein. This truckload of 155,520 eggs arrived last Thursday in Athens at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, representatives of the Georgia Poultry Federation and GFBA Executive Director Danah Craft on hand as part of the welcome to Cal-Maine Foods General Manager Jeff Hull and other members of his Georgia Team.
August 14, 2020 - Tallahassee, FL - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc is pleased to donate eggs to the Second Harvest of the Big Bend distribution center. The following email was sent by Second Harvest to Cal-Maine: "America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend serves as the food distribution center for over 100 agencies in eleven counties of North Florida. We are a 501c3 Non-profit and are committed to helping feed those in need; seniors, veterans, children and families. Your donation will greatly enhance the food products that we make available to the people we help. We will distribute the eggs at no charge to our agencies and they will be given out free to those in need."
August 13-20 - Dade City, FL - Cal-Maine participated in the Southeastern Food Bank distribution in Florida by donating 194,400 eggs from Cal-Maine's Florida Farms. The eggs provide a good source of protein to families that are struggling during this COVID-19 pandemic.
August 14, 2020 - Lake City, FL - We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to you (Ken Carver, GM) and Cal-Maine Foods for your generous donation. We were able to feed more than 200 families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee county area. We were able to help families like the Clardy’s, who recently lost a loved one, leaving behinds small children to be cared for. The husband who’d recently lost his job at the lumber mill and is now doing odd jobs to care for his disabled wife and countless other families. We thank you again for your support and compassion and hope it will continue in the future.
August 12, 2020 - Houston, TX - Cal-Maine's Wharton County Foods division delivered 325,000 eggs to the Houston Food Bank in Houston TX. Houston Food bank has seen a sharp rise in the number of Houstonians affected by hunger due to the COVID19 pandemic.
August 7, 2020 - Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will distribute 1400 dairy boxes today as a part of their Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Cal-Maine Foods is participating by donating 42,000 eggs to be included in the distribution. Each food box will contain 2 1/2 dozen eggs in addition to milk, cheese, butter and produce. Pictured is Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Ryn Laster, Director of Food Safety and Animal Welfare for Cal-Maine.
July 30, 2020 - Columbus, OH - Dear Ryan and Friends at Cal-Maine Foods: In this unprecedented time of widespread need across Ohio and the nation, we are incredibly grateful for the generous helpers like you who are doing what they’re able to chip in and help us get through this crisis together. On behalf of the tens of thousands of Ohioans we serve every day, thank you for your recent donation of 41,400 dozen eggs to support our emergency hunger relief response.
July 23, 2020 - Jackson, MS - That's right we are doing it again! The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will be joining with the USDA. Merchants Foodservice, The Dairy Alliance, Borden Dairy and Cal-Maine Foods for the "Farmers to Families" Food box program to distribute 1,400 dairy boxes, 2,200 gallons of mile and 42,000 eggs. Distribution will take place on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Friday, August 7, 2020.
July 23, 2020 - Tampa, FL - The first of two massive delivery of eggs is set to arrive in Tampa Friday morning. Sen. Wilton Simpson, who is also a Pasco County egg farmer, will deliver 280,000 eggs to Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding Tampa Bay. This will be the first of two deliveries totaling 500,000 eggs. The donation will help feed families in need across 10 counties. "What an honor to help provide resources for those in need during this difficult time. The real hero for our community is Metropolitan Ministries who provides so many services for our community,” Sen. Wilton Simpson said. “Equally heroic is Cal-Maine Foods for their generous donation. We are all in this together, and I am thankful to be a part of this caring community."
AUSTIN, TX - July 23, 2020 - A truckload of eggs rolled into the Central Texas Food Bank Thursday morning after Cal-Maine Foods donated 1,500 cases to the nonprofit. Eggs are a rare protein donation the food bank doesn’t receive quite often. One of the largest shell egg producers recognizes the unprecedented retail demand triggered by the pandemic. Matt Whiteman, General Manager for Texas Operations, said as long as Cal-Maine Foods had the ability to provide, they would. “Just everyday struggles of business continuity, by making it a high priority,” said Whiteman. “We keep our employees safe and deliver high-quality safe products to all of our consumers who really need us now more than ever.”
Boling, Tx - July 22, 2020 Wharton County Foods, LLC and the Boling Independent School District has partnered together to help provide over 13,250 meals since the school closure due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. WCF has donated eggs each week to be distributed along with the meals and will continue to help our community during these difficult and trying times. Bryan Blanar, Assistant Superintendent of BISD wrote this; “On behalf of Boling Independent School District, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for providing eggs for our families who were in need during our school closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic….Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our community, as words cannot express our deep gratitude. It is organizations like yours that helped ensure our students had plenty to eat during this unprecedented period. We are so grateful for your support.”
Montgomery, AL - July 10, 2020 On Friday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m., Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate joined Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. at the Montgomery Area Food Bank in recognition of their donation of 280,800 eggs to the Feeding America Food Banks and other organizations across the state of Alabama. This generous contribution is designed to help Alabama families and people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to thank Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. out of Baldwin County for the generous donation of 23,400 dozen table eggs and Mark Colson of the Alabama Trucking Association for delivering the eggs. This donation will improve the lives of many Alabamians struggling during the pandemic,” said Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate. “Cal-Maine showed they were a responsible corporate citizen to care about our under-served citizens. Also, to have the Alabama Trucking Association quickly agree to provide transportation for the delivery was gratifying.”
“The generosity of the Cal-Maine donation will supply all of Alabama’s Feeding America® member network food banks and their Partner Distribution Organizations with pallets of fresh, nutritious eggs to combat Alabama food insecurity and hunger, which has seen an exponential growth due to COVID-19,” said Rich Deem, CEO of Montgomery Area Food Bank. “Families attempting to stretch their food budgets will appreciate the versatility eggs bring to the table.”
Many families across Alabama are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. generous donation of 280,800 eggs will help those in need. The eggs were shipped from the Cal-Maine location in Robertsdale, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. and then distributed by the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) to Food Banks across the state.
Klesel, TX - June 16, 2020 - Cal-Maine Klesel created a partnership with Texas 4-H in 2018 and have since donated 806 dozen eggs to the Texas 4-H Center. On June 16, Cal-Maine Klesel delivered 8 cases of eggs to be used for summer camps and retreats at the Texas 4-H Center. The eggs allow the 4-H Center to provide nutritious meals to Texas 4-Hers from across the state who come to participate in camps such as fishing camp, STEM camp, Outdoor Adventure, traditional camps like county camp and prime time sessions, and horizons which allows 4-Hers to focus on one of five 4-H project areas over the course of the week with hands on activities and traditional camp experiences. The Texas 4-H Center greatly appreciates the generosity of Cal-Maine and is glad to have made a partnership with them.
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May 29, 2020 - Little Rock, AR - The Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas presented a Proclamation declaring May Egg Month in Arkansas to Matt Ball, General Manager at Cal-Maine Searcy, AR. Cal Maine handed out eggs to Department of Agriculture employees thanking them for their work during the current times.
May 29, 2020 - Dallas, Pittsburg and Wichita Falls, TX - The Cal-Maine Foods donated 111,600 to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, Texas. This food bank works closely with more than 200 food pantries soup kitchens, shelters and other facilities in the North Texas Area to ensure that they get nutritious food to those who need it most in these trying times.
The Cal-Maine Foods Pittsburg location donated 10,800 eggs to the SM Wright Foundation in Dallas, Texas. The Wright family established this foundation in 1998 to provide support to less fortunate families with hunger relief, economic empowerment and assistance in education, health and social services. Mr Wright was very appreciative of the eggs saying they were a blessing and would go a long way in helping the families struggling with hunger.
The Cal-Maine Foods Chillicothe, Texas location donated 14,400 eggs to the Wichita Falls Food Bank in Wichita Falls, Texas. This food bank provides food free of charge to the clients of charitable partner agencies and programs operating in 12 North Texas counties.
May 28, 2020 - The Monticello News, GA - Cal-Maine Donates 534,000 Eggs. Cal-Maine Foods in Shady Dale donates eggs to the Jasper County Community Food Bank several times throughout the year especially during holiday months. It also makes donations to the Jasper County Senior Center and Shady Dale Masonic Lodge when requested for special events. Arrangements have recently been made to donate monthly to Never To Late Home for Boys in Monticello to aid in their support of underprivileged youth. They also donate monthly to One Heart Ministries in Conyers (formerly Belmont Baptist Church Food Ministry). Life Chapel in Lawrenceville has also received egg donations to their Community Food Giveaway Program. Cal-Maine routinely gives employees 2.5 dozen eggs per week as standard practice. Th total the local company had donated approximately 534,000 eggs to Jasper and surrounding communities and Cal-Maine employees since the start of its fiscal year in June 2019.
May 20, 2020 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Cowford Chophouse and Cal-Maine Foods, the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States, are collectively donating 300,000 eggs to Feeding Northeast Florida this Friday. After noticing various food/ pantry drives throughout Jacksonville, Cowford owner Jacques Klempf connected with Cal-Maine’s manager to discuss the donation and help those struggling to put food on the table.
“The relationship that I have with Cal-Maine encouraged me to partner with them here in Jacksonville for Feeding NE Florida and going forward,” said Klempf. “High-quality protein is always a needed food for any food bank, so I know these eggs will go a long way to providing that to all of the pantries that Feeding NE Florida services.”
According to sales manager Daryl Sargent, Cal-Maine has already donated six or seven trailer loads in Florida this year – over 2 million eggs since the start of COVID-19. The company is the largest producer and marketer of specialty eggs (nutritionally enhanced, cage free, organic and brown eggs) and sells to a majority of large US food retailers and foodservice operators. One complete trailer load is 311,040 eggs, and my goal would be to try and donate one million eggs before the end of the year,” said Klempf, “however a lot is dependent on timing with the hen and marketplace. Cal-Maine is certainly a company that is philanthropic with their product,” he added, “and Cowford Chophouse also is a philanthropic business that wants to be a part of this donation, especially here in Jacksonville.”
A lifelong egg farmer, Klempf ran Foodonics International Inc., a company founded in 1948 which comprised Dixie Egg Company and nine other egg-related businesses. The 25th largest egg producer in the country, Dixie produced and distributed 20 million eggs per week. The company was sold to Cal-Maine in 2016.
In 2017, Klempf transformed a historical landmark building into Cowford Chophouse, a destination fine-dining steakhouse in downtown Jacksonville.
Feeding Northeast Florida helps local children and families, seniors and active and retired military members who struggle to put food on the table. By connecting millions of pounds of rescued food to a network of over 250 social service agencies and programs, hunger-relief partners can provide both food and services to help families and individuals end the cycle of poverty. Cal-Maine will deliver the first trailer load of fresh eggs to Feeding Northeast Florida this Friday May 2020.
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.”