Without fail, Australian farmers work tirelessly to put fresh food and produce on tables across the country. It’s an industry-wide commitment to feed the nation – one honoured in the good times, and the bad.
That is why Victorian egg farmers are rolling up their sleeves, donating thousands of eggs to Foodbank Victoria distribution centres.
“As an industry we have an important role to play as a major provider of food and fibre to those struggling to put food on the table”, Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Egg Group President Brian Ahmed said.
Over the next 10 weeks, Victorian egg farmers have committed to donating at least two pallets of eggs a week to those struggling to put food on the table due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The total number of eggs to be donated is set to rival one of the state’s most iconic towers…
If you stacked them on top of each other, it’s roughly enough to scale the height of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower more than 30 times.”Brian Ahmed, Victorian Farmers Federation Egg Group President
For reference, the Eureka Tower is 301m tall!
It’s said the steady supply of eggs during this period will ensure there is a ‘guaranteed stream’ of produce to help meet current demands.
“This is yet another amazing show of support from the farming community. A brilliant source of protein that can be incorporated into so many different dishes for those doing it tough. More importantly, it solves one of the age-old quandaries…clearly on this occasion, the EGGS are coming first!”, Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara said.
March of the Farmy Army
It comes as the Victorian Farmers Federation has launched its ‘Farmy Army’ campaign, coordinating a response effort for farming communities doing it tough, across the state.
The initiative was born from the recent COVID-19 outbreak affecting the greater Shepparton area, but will operate as a long-term plan to help provide food support and resources to Victorians, with options to register need for assistance, donate time or produce. The VFF will act as a link, connecting people in need to the appropriate resources.
You can find out more about the Farmy Army initiative, here.