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Food Banks in our province have seen an unprecedented increase in demand and eggs are the most requested perishable food item. In 2022, BC Egg donated 50,000 dozen fresh eggs to food banks across the province. This donation is the first of its kind between an agricultural organization and Food Banks BC. The donated eggs are shipped to regional food bank hubs in the Fraser Valley, Central Okanagan, Kamloops, Prince George and Vancouver Island. They are then distributed on to street-level food banks across BC—providing essential, easy-to-prepare protein and nutrition to food insecure British Columbians in our communities.
BC Egg also generously donates fresh eggs to other frontline non-profit organizations in our province. In 2022 BC Egg continued to supply nutritious eggs for the children and families at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford and for the at-risk pregnant women and mothers supported by Sheway in the downtown east-side of Vancouver.
We support food nutrition in schools also. BC Agriculture in the Classroom works with educators to bring agriculture and food education to K-12 students via their BCAITC Take a Bite of BC program. BC grown produce and proteins are donated to public and First Nations secondary schools running the culinary arts program, helping 7,200 culinary arts students learn how to cook with nutritious eggs and benefitting a further 65,000 students enjoying the dishes in their school cafeterias. BC Egg is committed to ensuring the 60 schools now enrolled in the program each receive a box of fresh eggs twice per year.
Breakfast Club of Canada is another charity BC Egg supports. It is their goal to help ensure that all children start the school day off right, with a healthy breakfast.
Easter Seals BC/Yukon supports persons with diverse abilities across British Columbia and the Yukon through two essential services: Easter Seals Camps and Easter Seals House.
BC Egg is a valued donor and supporter of Easter Seals Camps – a week-long, fully accessible overnight camp for children and young adults with diverse abilities. With a focus on abilities and empowerment, campers try the big swing, wheelchair basketball, water polo, and performing arts, which in turn improves their confidence, independence and interaction with others. Campers return home with new friendships, improved skills and become more independent and active members of their communities.
In addition, Easter Seals Camps provide a high camper to staff ratio with leaders who are enthusiastic and highly trained to support the needs of a full range of physical and intellectual disabilities. Along with onsite medical care, specialized needs and customized programs, Easter Seals Camps offer a magical experience for campers and an important respite for families and caregivers.