Trevor and Wendy Cross are local farmers who believe what goes around comes around- especially when it comes to acts of kindness.
“If you look after somebody, someone will look after you and we just believe that there are people out there that need looking after,” Mr Cross said.
It's that outlook on life that has led the Bundaberg couple to becoming Foodbank Queensland's highest supporter by kilogram in the whole of the state.
The owners of Cross Family Farms were recently commended for their donation efforts by Foodbank Queensland's food supply manager Bob McMillan, who said he was blown away by their support.
Foodbank is the pantry to the charity sector of Australia, sourcing food for people in need.
“Trevor and Wendy supply us with 887 tonnes of produce annually,” Mr McMillan said.
“This equates to approximately 1.5 million meals.
“They are the highest supporter, by kilo, that Foodbank Queensland have, and therefore are an important part of our ability to support those in need.”
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey praised the local farming family and their massive contribution to the charity.
“It's so fantastic to hear about local businesses giving back and I congratulate Trevor and Wendy for their constant generosity and dedication,” he said.
“They, like many other farms throughout our region, are a huge part of why Foodbank Queensland can do the fantastic work for those in need.”
Foodbank donations benefit all
Mr Cross said farming had always run through his veins.
“I have been farming for a very long time but Wendy and I started this particular business about 10 years ago,” he said.
“We do lots of small crops, everything from pumpkin, melon, tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers and more.”
Mr Cross said much of their donations to Foodbank Queensland consisted of seconds from the farm and equated to about 50 semi-trailers of produce a year.
“That's about $600,00 out of our own pockets,” he said.
“A lot of it goes to schools; to the kids that don't get breakfast.
“We also donate to the local Angels Group three times a week.”
Mr Cross said the donations were having a beneficial outcome to all involved.
“It keeps everyone here in a job because it's more work to organise and it also helps those who are in need,” he said.
“If there is product there, it shouldn't be wasted.”
When asked about why he and his wife donated so much, Mr Cross was matter of fact about the way of the world.
“You know, I think if you give out positivity then positivity should find its way back to you,” he said.
“There are people out there in need, especially kids, someone has to feed them.”
Cross Family Farms is situated on Moorlands Road, Bundaberg North and employs more than350 people.
- Many farms around the region are regular supporters of Foodbank Queensland and their endeavour to help feed the nation.