Ohio egg farmers help fight hunger at Ohio State Fair

For the second year, Ohio’s egg farmers are using the Ohio State Fair, which runs July 27-August 7, as an opportunity to help combat hunger in the Buckeye state.

During each day of the fair, the Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) will donate one dozen eggs to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for each kid’s meal that is purchased at the poultry booth in the Taste of Ohio Café. In addition, OPA will hand out a free incredible backpack for each purchased kid’s meal.

“Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farmers are committed to giving back and helping those who are in need,” said Jim Chakeres, OPA executive vice president. “We encourage fairgoers to stop by the Taste of Ohio Café and enjoy a nutritious, affordable meal while helping Ohioans who are less fortunate.”

Ohioans can give back to those in need by purchasing a kid’s meal at the poultry booth at the Ohio Taste of Ohio Café, which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the fair’s operation.

A variety of foods from Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farmers will offer fairgoers a healthy alternative to traditional fair food. Prices range from $1 for a snack to $7 for a complete meal. The menu includes:

•           Sandwiches, including chicken salad, egg salad, turkey and chicken breast, and new for 2011 is chicken Italian sausage;

•           Chicken and noodles;

•           Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner with all the trimmings;

•           Salads, available with chicken, chicken salad or turkey;

•           “Hot Shot” open-faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy;

•           The fair-favorite egg on a stick; and

•           Chicken nugget kids’ meals.

Ohio is the number-two egg-producing state in the nation, behind Iowa.  Ohio egg farmers produce more than seven billion eggs each year. Ohio is eighth in the nation for turkey production and produces more than 300 million pounds of chicken for sale each year.

For more information about Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farms, please visit www.ohiopoultry.org.

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