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HATCH the Holidays Egg Drop for Families in Need

12 December 2015

US - On Friday, 720 dozen HATCHâ„¢ eggs were delivered to two food banks in Indiana, USA, after two communities participated in a Twitter contest that raised awareness about HATCH, a program providing more than 104,000 eggs to food-insecure families throughout Indiana.

With many holiday recipes calling for eggs, their absence in food banks is acutely felt during the holiday season. Not only do eggs make the perfect pumpkin pie, but they are also a source of high quality protein and nutrients.

Mitch Davis, director, global shared value at Elanco, (second from left) joined other volunteers, Ronnie, Judy and Michelle Sullivan, to cook HATCH muffin-pan omelets for fans at an Indiana University vs. Purdue football game tailgate party, calling attention to #HATCHtheHolidays.

Today, anyone can give to HATCH by donating online at and all donations go to your local food bank. Thus far, HATCH – with the help of HATCH the Holidays donations – will be giving 412,080 eggs to families in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio this December.

"When we heard about HATCH, we were eager to get on campus and tell more people," said Katie Nobbe, the Indiana University Panhellenic Council Vice President of Community Involvement. "Helping people in our community to have access to proper nutrition, like the quality protein and nutrients eggs have, is a passion for many of our sororities on campus. HATCH the Holidays is a wonderful way we can give back to families in Bloomington this winter."

During this special #HATCHtheHolidays Twitter competition, fans and friends of Indiana University and Purdue University competed virtually over the weekend of the IU vs. Purdue football game in Lafayette to win eggs for their local food bank.

The school that received the most tweets that included both #HATCHtheHolidays and the hashtag of their school name won the egg drop. Total number of tweets from the Purdue community were 702, with IU enthusiasts tweeting 407 times. Due to the broad reach of people to whom both universities promoted #HATCHtheHolidays, HATCH decided to thank both communities for their participation with an egg drop for both of 720 dozen eggs.

“One in seven Hoosiers is food-insecure, meaning they do not have access to enough nutritious food,” said Katy O’Malley Bunder, CEO and president of Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette. “Our food bank serves more than 86,000 residents who currently struggle to know where their next meal will come from.

HATCHEggs are a nutritious product that everyone wants, but they are not often found in food pantries. We are so happy that HATCH is working to provide us with eggs for the holiday season and beyond so that we can help families access the nutritious food that they need.”

Food Finders Food Bank and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank will distribute eggs this December to more than 1,800 families from the #HATCHtheHolidays Twitter competition; however, the giving doesn’t have to stop there. Make a donation now through the end of December to give a special gift to a family in your community for their holiday feasts. Visit to donate and HATCH will make sure your donation goes back to your local food bank.

When you make a donation, share it on your social media platforms and include #HATCHtheHolidays and #HATCHforHunger.

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HATCH the Holidays is an extension of the HATCH for Hunger program and is a program run by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), that was launched this spring in partnership with Rose Acre Farms and The Kroger Co.

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