Feeding a nation

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Ballance has joined food charity Meat the Need as a platinum sponsor.

Since its inception in early 2020, Meat the Need has provided more than 725,700 meals. It is a national charity with a goal of feeding New Zealand families in need across the country.

The charity was founded by South Island based farmers, Siobhan O’Malley of Pukeko Pastures and Wayne Langford. Wayne is a sixth-generation dairy farmer and the national dairy chair of Federated Farmers. He is also well-known as the YOLOFarmer across social media.

Together, Siobhan and Wayne discovered there was a need for a charity like Meat the Need, but there was never anyone connecting farmers with the livestock and community organisations.

Its success is dependent on donations from willing farmers, either through cash donations, milk or livestock.

Livestock is collected and processed by Silver Fern Farms, and the Meat the Need staff speak to community organisations who feed vulnerable New Zealanders to arrange the safe and regular delivery of meat to them.

There are 26 million animals processed each year in New Zealand. Meat the Need require just 5000 of those animals to prevent New Zealanders going hungry.

Meat the Need has recently partnered with Miraka – an indigenous Māori dairy company supplying milk to those in need in the Central Plateau and Waikato regions. Already 92,000 milk meals have been donated to foodbanks.

For more on Meat the Need or to donate, visit meattheneed.org.nz


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