Eggs are getting cracked to help Haitian survivors from the Jan. 12 earthquakes, and Michigan farmers are jump-starting the national effort.

Eggs are getting cracked to help Haitian survivors from the Jan. 12 earthquakes, and Michigan farmers are jump-starting the national effort.


More than 600,000 eggs were cracked at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac on Thursday morning and will be transported to a drier facility in Iowa before being sent to Haiti.


“We have seen families grieving for their loss, and starving from lack of food,” said Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Partner Herb Herbruck. “We feel their suffering.”


The eggs came from eight Michigan farmers, and the liquid being shipped weighs over 48,000 pounds, which is enough for nearly 300,000 meals.


“We are excited to do this with Michigan produce, and we are working together as a team,” said Herbruck. “We all worked together on this.”


The total cost for the donation is roughly $100,000 for the Michigan farmers and the drier in Iowa, which includes the transportation costs.


“Even though Michigan is 2,000 miles from Haiti, we felt the impact here,” said Cal Schipper, president of the Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. and partner of Schipper Poultry Farm. “We needed to do something.”


The national donation program is called the “Good Egg Project” through the American Egg Board.


“I think it’s great how we coordinated it in Michigan,” said Schipper. “Within 48 hours we had it all figured out.”


Nationwide, the AEB is donating over 275,000 dozen eggs to Feed the Children Haitian relief program, which values roughly $275,000.


“There is an effort building across the nation, and its all very similar to what’s happening here,” said Greg Herbruck, partner in Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch. “I’m sure they will use Michigan as a model for the others who are participating.”


The powdered eggs will offer the survivors food that is high in protein, which is currently in need.


“The high protein is what they are looking for in Haiti right now,” said Schipper. “Eggs are a vital source for that.”


Also going on the voyage with the dried eggs to Haiti is going to be a shipment of purified water to hydrate the eggs.


The purified water is also a vital component to the effort, because the clean water will not contaminate the eggs.


“That was a very important part, to get purified water,” said Herbruck. “You have to use safe water to keep the food safe.”


This is not the first time that Michigan farmers have donated eggs to a cause. Every year Michigan egg farmers donate eggs to Feed America, and help out local food pantries, according to Schipper.


The series of earthquakes that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12 killed an estimated 200,000 people, and left about 1.2 million people homeless, according to the American Red Cross.


The eight Michigan farmers who donated eggs to this cause are Old Pike Farm, DeWeerdt Poultry Farm, Schipper Poultry Farm and Zoet Poultry located near Holland; Konos Inc near Martin; Farm Crest Foods near Pigeon; Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac and Sunrise Acres Egg Farm near Hudsonville.


“Thanks to all these guys here and to the eight family farms for their efforts,” said Schipper. “We all came together for this relief effort.”


The Ionia Sentinel-Standard