October 12 was World Egg Day and food banks across the country got covered in eggs—15,000 to be specific.
The ‘golden goodies’ were generously donated by NZ Eggs, a collective of New Zealand egg producers to help struggling Kiwi kids and families enjoy a protein-rich and nutritious meal.
The eggs, in specially marked packs of six, are for Salvation Army food parcels from Invercargill to Whangarei, plus some City Mission food banks. ‘Food parcels are generally made up of non-perishable items, and The Salvation Army was pleased to give clients the additional fresh protein,’ said Public Relations Director Shane Chisholm.
On the same day, over 100 residents and staff at the Addington (Christchurch) and Epsom Lodge (Auckland) Supportive Accommodation Services enjoyed a complimentary cooked meal with scrambled eggs, toast and bacon. The Addington breakfast was cooked by Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) chef tutors Hugh Wall and David Spice as part of the World Egg Day celebrations. A resident commented the meal was ‘absolutely superb’. ‘The best compliment is how quick the food went,’ said Major Dean Hering, Director of the centre, who confesses he ‘only managed a spoonful’ because most had already disappeared.
Eating up to six eggs per week is recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet for most people, according to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. ‘[Eggs are] often overlooked as a healthy and really useful protein in people’s diets,’ says CPIT chef tutor Hugh Wall.
The NZ Eggs website has some great ’10-minute meal ideas’, recipes, facts and tips to enjoy your favourite egg dishes in new ways. There’s also a ‘share the love’ section to upload your own egg recipe. See more at www.eggs.org.nz
More and more people are calling on The Salvation Army for help because of rising food, electricity and petrol prices.
Many of our clients are facing hardship, and struggle even to put food on the table. It’s been in the news and debated across social media recently that often the children suffer the most when household budgets don’t stretch far enough.
Food assistance is just one of the packages of care that The Salvation Army offers. Our Community Ministries centres carry out a needs-based assessment with every person who comes in for welfare assistance to identify any other areas where we can also help—like preparing a household budget.
Thank you to NZ Eggs for enabling us to do what we do—help needy New Zealand families.