Sioux Falls, SD [April 6, 2017] – Whether you’re eating them, decorating them, or both, there is no denying it: eggs are an enormous part of the Easter season. Dakota Layers, a family owned egg farm just six miles north of Flandreau, SD, is proud to provide South Dakota families with safe and nutritious eggs.
Since 2008, Feeding South Dakota has relied heavily on donated eggs from Dakota Layers to help serve quality protein to hungry families. "Protein is probably the most difficult nutritious product for us to get our hands on and so much of it has to do with just the fact that most protein is perishable," says Matt Gassen, CEO, Feeding South Dakota. Through this unique relationship, Feeding South Dakota has received over 35,000 pounds of eggs from Dakota Layers over the years. But due to the bird flu outbreak in May of 2015, donations ceased while the farm took the necessary steps to completely rebuild its 1.3 million laying hen population. “Dakota Layers has shown such a commitment to our organization that even in the face of total loss, they committed to donate again just two short years later because they understand our guest’s need for protein,” Gassen says.
Over the past months, Dakota Layers partnered with South Dakota State University Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. For every free throw made in Frost Arena, Dakota Layers donated a dozen eggs to Feeding South Dakota. This year, 632 free throws were made and because of the generosity of Dakota Layers, they have increased their total donation to 900 dozen or 10,800 eggs. This amount of eggs will feed approximately 900 families. “We are so happy to help make a difference in fighting hunger in South Dakota,” states Jason Ramsdell, Vice President, Dakota Layers.
This donation will be made to Feeding South Dakota located at 4701 N Westport Ave in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, April 11th at 10am. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available with representatives of Dakota Layers and Feeding South Dakota.