The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) have showed their support for the National Health Service (NHS) by providing locally produced food hampers to frontline workers. Medical professionals have always provided an excellent service to the farming community at times of need and continue to do so throughout this pandemic.
UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said, “We are delighted to be able to provide these locally produced food hampers as a way of saying thank you to our NHS staff who are working relentlessly on the frontline, battling against COVID-19. 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.”
The Northern Ireland produce within the hamper was sourced from Glenarm Castle. Mr Chestnutt said, “Glenarm Castle partnered up with local food producers, supplying homegrown fruit and vegetables, Glenarm Shorthorn beef, Glenarm organic smoked salmon, eggs, fresh sourdough bread and delicious treats and goodies to name a few items. Farmers have overcome numerous challenges since this pandemic began to continue producing quality food for consumers and it’s great to be able to gift this hamper filled with local food that adds a personal touch. Nutritious produce is key for keeping our energy levels high throughout the day and Northern Ireland produce is farmed to some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world. We hope our delicious homegrown produce is enjoyed by all NHS staff.”
The farming community is intertwined with the NHS in many ways and the UFU have always viewed the medical field as a vital service to the agriculture industry.
“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,” said the UFU deputy president.