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Does anyone know if I would need a license or some sort of inspection to give eggs to a foodbank? I don't like trying to sell stuff so I would rather just give away our excess eggs. With twenty chickens we have eggs piling up even with three households using the eggs. I have given veggies to a local food bank a couple of times when I had to much, but I am not sure if doing eggs is a good idea.

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Comment by Aliza Ess on September 22, 2010 at 12:58pm
I'm sure you need licensing for any food that is being given out to the public. Especially for something like eggs. Maybe try Craigslist or contact a local church or school? I'd bet there are lots of people out there who would be willing to get in on some backyard eggs, but I doubt it could be through a food bank.

Wow, 20 chickens! We have seven and they just started building a nest so I am getting really excited :) We have a lot of friends through our community garden who have expressed interest so I think we will get rid of our excess eggs that way.
Comment by Chicken Whisperer on September 23, 2010 at 9:59am
We give our backyard eggs to two local food banks here in Atlanta and they are received with open arms. I say try it and see what happens. The worst they can say is no. We have 35 laying hens and get over two dozen eggs each day. Our local food back loves to see us coming in the door!
Comment by Torry on September 23, 2010 at 11:36am
Ah, the burden of abundance. One could convert said eggs into an acceptable form of donation...baked goods. Perhaps there are less regulations with that. Ideas: baked goods for school, scout troop or church fund-raiser, for food bank. Look into baked goods that require a large amount of eggs or egg whites, like angel food cake. Not the healthiest of dishes, but takes like a dozen whites. Eggs can also be frozen for storage, just crack, scramble and freeze.
Then there's the good ol' neighborhood network like Ess commented, I'm sure there's plenty of people out there that would take free food.
Comment by Torry on September 23, 2010 at 11:37am
Consider joining the group "Charitable Giving of Produce" here, and sharing your experience?
Comment by jason chambers on September 24, 2010 at 8:47pm
I will ask the food bank and see if they know. If they say no I will try make stuff with em. Yeah, Twenty is a bit much for around the homestead. I think we intended on using a few as meat, but just didn't get around to it. I will join the charitable giving group, I just don't like selling. I wish I had that skill so I could run my own business, but I just can't stand trying to sell stuff. I would rather run the "East Texas Free Farm".


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