Sint-Truiden, June 2, 2020 – After this Pentecost weekend, the first Belgian cherries from Hoepertingen (Haspengouw) were auctioned at BFV in Sint-Truiden and donated to the healthcare heroes of the Covid-19 department of the Sint-Trudo hospital by fruit grower Theo Jammaers. The cherries are from an early tunnel cultivation of Bellise and Samba, the new early maturing varieties in cherry cultivation. These varieties have firm flesh and a sweet taste.
For health reasons, Theo had to quit the fruit company Fancy Fruit a few years ago, which he ran with his wife Marleen. During that period when he was hospitalized in Sint-Trudo hospital, he was very well cared for by the hospital staff and now he has the opportunity to give something back to them. Cherries have always been his favorite fruit and he never misses an opportunity to introduce others to his passion.
Theo set up the tunnel cultivation ten years ago to offer early cherries as a first at the Plant Days of Castle Hex in Heers, during the second weekend of June. This year everything is different, but together with the good weather and the beautiful region, Haspengouw, it is good to enjoy juicy Belgian cherries!
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Anecoop shows solidarity amid pandemic: the company will donate 7.5 tonnes of fruit to those most affected by the crisis.
Spanish second-tier cooperative Anecoop has donated 7.5 million tons of fruit to the field hospital set up in IFEMA Madrid to care for those affected by Covid-19, as well as several other charitable institutions caring for disadvantaged people. Managing director Joan Mir said the company wanted to send a message of encouragement to those caught up in the pandemic. “With this shipment we want to show everyone that the agri-food sector is doubling down during these difficult days to ensure that society continues to be fed, especially the people most affected by this crisis such as the sick, health personnel and other vulnerable social groups.”
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The Orri Running Committee (ORC) association, made up of producers of the premium mandarin variety Orri, has joined the ‘Food 4 Heroes’ initiative and thanks to its mediation has donated nearly 1,000 kilos of this protected variety, which will be distributed among the professionals and patients of the field hospital installed on the IFEMA campus in Madrid.
Guillermo Soler, ORC manager, said, “This is a small gesture with which we intend to thank the great heroes of this pandemic who are fighting on the front line every day to take care of us, protect us and make this situation that we are living pass what soon as possible.”
“Food 4 Heroes” is an initiative in which dozens of restaurants, chains and food companies collaborate, working as a team, altruistically and in solidarity, with the aim of feeding health workers in hospitals during the coronavirus crisis.
“From the Orri Running Committee, as a producer association, we also do not forget to thank and highlight the effort being made by all farmers, supply chain operators, gatherers, clothing, logistics, supermarket workers, etc., of our country so that, in these delicate and extremely urgent moments, Spanish consumers can feed themselves and strengthen their immune system in the healthiest way,” said Soler.
Photo: Orri Running Committee