#FeedTheNation: Ulster Farmers’ Union give food hampers to NHS staff

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has provided food hampers filled with local produce for NHS staff working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hampers include Shorthorn beef and organic smoked salmon from Glenarm Castle in County Antrim, as well as homegrown fruit and vegetables, eggs, and bread from local producers.

Sixteen hampers were delivered to Mater hospital in Belfast by Victor Chestnutt and Derek Lough from the UFU.

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UFU group with food parcels

Left to right left: UFU membership director Derek Lough and UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt, present hampers to Mater hospital catering supervisor Kevin McMenemy

Mr Chestnutt, deputy president, said it was a way for the union to thank the NHS staff who are working tirelessly to save lives during the pandemic.

“We will never be able to repay them for putting our needs before their own, but we wanted to do something that would highlight our appreciation for the incredible service they constantly provide.

“Members of the farming community who have been affected by the virus or have needed their expertise in the past, have been overwhelmed by the caring nature, commitment and dedication of our NHS staff.”

Vital service

The UFU said it has always viewed the NHS as a vital service to the NHS.

Mr Chestnutt added: “Many UFU members and their loved ones work in our health care system. The Farm Families Health Checks Programme provides a valuable service to our farmers at local livestock marts and community events, and the service of the Air Ambulance has been critical to the rural community.

“We depend so much on our health care service and all those within in it. Their efforts cannot be commended or recognised enough.”

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