VERSAILLES – With just 1.6 percent of their daily production of eggs, Weaver Brother Farms, Weaver Eggs and Winn Dixie are going to help 12,000 families in Florida get back on their feet and back to normal after Hurricane Irma. Tim Weaver announced the donation of 144,000 eggs to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on Wednesday.

“Weaver Family Farms are very happy, in conjunction with our partner in Florida, Winn Dixie Stores, to make this gift of eggs to the citizens of Florida who were hurt severely by Hurricane Irma,” said Weaver.

Weaver Eggs is one of Ohio’s leading egg producers by producing nine-million eggs a day or approximately 3.2 billion each year. Ohio produces nine-billion eggs yearly with an estimated retail value of $1.2 billion.

Weaver said he was concerned for those affected by the hurricane. He pointed out many people there lost everything they own. He added that many were without power for a week and were forced to throw away their perishable items.

“Eggs are a good nutrition source of protein and are very convenient,” he said. “We believe our gift of 144,000 eggs to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida where they will be distributed out to other food banks in Florida will be helpful to the citizens of Florida.”

This is not the first time Weaver Eggs has had concern for others after a disaster. “We try to help when we can,” said Weaver.

The eggs where loaded and left Wednesday and are expected to be at the food bank distribution center by Friday morning.

Winn Dixie has been a Weaver Eggs customer for over 10 years.

PHOTO CAPTION: Tim Weaver, Alex Weaver, Zach Kohli and Chuck Jenkins display the 144,000 eggs that are headed to Florida.