The Farmers’ cooperative and Farmers and Co. have done an amazing amount of work over the last few weeks to try and stop our local produce going to waste due to the closure of hotels and restaurants but also by launching an initiative that could ensure safe shopping of local produce through home delivery’s.
This initiative has worked very well as it has given a great outlet to our local produce, in addition to supporting our farmers economically. However, there is still a significant amount of excess produce (potato, fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat) which could potentially go to waste.
At the same time, the Red Cross has registered a 25% increase in the number of vulnerable families needing support in purchasing basic food supplies and in particular fresh and healthy products.
In order to address both of these concerns, the Menorca Preservation Fund is raising funds to, help the Red Cross buy the surplus products from our local farmers, in order to ensure their incomes and survival, and then deliver these very necessary goods to the families most in need of support during this crisis.
The food purchased will be prepared by the Cooperativa del Camp in weekly boxes per family and it is calculated that the approximate cost of providing each family with these goods for 1 month would be €105 per family.
There are currently 400 families identified by the Red Cross and who we would like to help to get this fresh product to. This does not include the families of farmers from whom the products will be purchased, but who will of course also benefit.
Total: 400 families x 105€ per family/month= 42,000€
For this reason, the MEPF has agreed to donate €5000 to the Red Cross and has raised an additional €3,000 to help address this immediate need. We still have a long way to go, but this is a fantastic start for people who really need help.
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