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Kicking the goals!
We’re only new, and already we’re making a splash with national awards, pretty awesome aye. Massive thanks to all the farmers out there supporting the cause!
Sustainable Business Awards Finalist
Meat the Need is a 2020 Sustainable Business Awards Finalist! The Awards are designed to showcase and highlight the fantastic contribution we are making towards sustainability in New Zealand.
High fives all round!
Silver Fern Farms
We believe Silver Fern Farms can create positive change for our environment, our people, and our communities. We care deeply about doing the right thing and doing it well, striving every day to be the world’s most successful and sustainable grass-fed red meat company. With 14 processing sites across the country we are perfectly placed to help Meat the Need take donations all the way through the supply chain – from the farmer to the recipient. All New Zealanders should be able to eat red meat, and we’re proud to support Meat the Need in making that a reality.
It’s thanks of all these fantastic businesses that we have been able to feed families across New Zealand.
Dr Tim MackleDairyNZ
DairyNZ is proud to support Meat the Need. It’s great to see a farmer-led project supporting those in need in the community in this challenging time by providing families with high quality nutritious food.
Wayne LangfordYOLOFarmer & Meat the Need Founder
Meat the Need is a project initiated after an act of ‘giving’ during one of my daily challenges as the YOLOFarmer. Every day I look to do something to say that I’ve lived for that day. On this day, upon giving meat to our local food bank I realised how little it would take to help those in need in our local communities.
Terry CopelandChief Executive of Federated Farmers NZ
There is a clear need for supporting the vulnerable in our community in being able to have quality protein as part of their diet, which unfortunately for many, is beyond their means. Federated Farmers is proud to support this endeavour… I believe this charity Meat the Need, will make a huge difference in a very real sense to the lives of thousands of New Zealanders.
Siobhan O’MalleyPukeko Pastures & Meat the Need Founder
Farmers are very committed to supporting their communities and I know they often donate product off their own bat to people in need of support. We wanted to design a process that allowed the food banks to plan and receive meat in a regular way, but that farmers can donate whenever they have the ability.
Jon PembertonAgProud NZ
Our hope is that Meat The Need, with the support of Ag Proud NZ will ensure access to food is not an issue for those in need because this is a hand up not a hand out. We will be working with the rural community to encourage support and donations to the cause. Utilising our networks to help with distribution into isolated communities and spread the word so that if Kiwis need help, they know farmers have got their backs.
Sam McIvorCEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is proud to support Meat the Need. This excellent farmer-led initiative gives farmers and farming organisations the opportunity to support the most vulnerable in our communities by providing them with high quality protein