Eggs are staple food of breakfast everywhere and the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties has 10,000 of them thanks to a donation from Puglisi Farms in Howell Township.

Food Bank Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez with ten thousand eggs donated by Puglisi Farms. (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)

Food Bank Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez says their nutritional value makes eggs a very important donation.

“Protein is usually one of the things that is more expensive and harder to source. And we know how important protein is for a diet.”


The eggs will be stored in refrigeration rooms in the Food Bank’s Neptune warehouse until partner organizations throughout the county order them for pantries and soup kitchens.

“So now we’ll have fresh protein available in our inventory list and programs will be able to see that very quickly and either order it our online system or order it through fax or phone.” Adding “Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see these ten thousand eggs fly off the shelves.” Says Rodriguez.

Food Bank Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez (r) with Nicole Puglisi from Puglisi Farms (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)

Puglisi Farms has been making the donation for upwards of a decade now, and Rodriguez says the fact that they’re a local means the product is that much fresher.
“It’s so close, it’s really that much more affordable for us to handle. It gives us more time to get into the hands that’s needed.”

The annual donation is the largest egg donation the Food Bank receives and while the it's prearranged, Rodriguez says many of their perishable donations aren’t; which makes storing everything safely is important.

“It’s a dance; it really is a dance of trying to make sure that we manage our inventory.”

While 1 in ten residents in Ocean and Monmouth county rely on the Food Bank in some way, Rodriguez says they see the most need around the holidays. Specifically in the springtime around Easter and Passover.

(Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)

Rodriguez says the need is year round and the Food Bank is always looking for whatever donations or volunteer help is available.