Saskatchewan-made protein crisps to help feed Ukrainians affected by Russia's war
Saskatchewan’s registered egg farmers are donating $150,000 of healthy protein snacks to help feed those suffering from Russia’s war on Ukraine. Todd’s Protein Crisps are made in Saskatoon using egg whites, prairie lentils and other wholesome ingredients. The protein crisps are being shipped to Ukraine alongside dried soup mix prepared by the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society.
At Saskatchewan Egg Producers’ recent annual general meeting, egg farmers voted unanimously to fund this humanitarian assistance.
“Russia’s invasion has caused tremendous suffering for the citizens of Ukraine. Most of us can only imagine what it’s like to live through that, but watching it unfold has been shocking and saddening. That’s why Saskatchewan’s egg farmers were eager to do something to help,” said Dion Martens, Executive Director of Saskatchewan Egg Producers. “In humanitarian crises like this, ready-to-eat, healthy food is a huge need, so we’re pleased to be able to send a shipping container packed full of egg and lentil protein crisps to help meet that need.”
Todd’s Protein Crisps are produced by Evova Foods, a subsidiary company of Saskatchewan Egg Producers. The protein crisps won a SIAL Food Product Innovation Award in 2019 and are available online and in over 550 stores across Canada and the United States.
East West Express donated the trucking costs to ship the product from Saskatoon. North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society and Global Emergency Missions Society are facilitating the logistics of transporting the protein crisps and dried soup mix to Ukraine. These organizations already have experience getting humanitarian assistance into the war-torn country.
“We’re thankful to East West Express for graciously donating the transportation within Canada, and we’re pleased to partner with the BC-based charities to get this nutritious food to those who desperately need it,” Martens said.
Providing support to Ukraine is the most recent example of Saskatchewan’s registered egg farmers supporting those in need. They regularly give to local food banks and initiatives like the Public School Foundation’s Cheer Crate Campaign, donating over 1,150,000 eggs last year alone. In 2019, their donation established the nourishment room in the new maternal care centre at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. They also previously donated an egg delivery truck to Heart for Africa to provide nutrition to children in Eswatini.