The founder of Josh’s Rainbow Eggs has grown his flock from 40 free range hens, when he started his egg business at age nine, to 10,000 today. His ‘ethical eggs’ are now stocked in more than 40 supermarkets across the state, including Woolworths.
With Foodbank’s Hunger Report earlier this month revealing almost 1 in 5 Australians had gone hungry in the past 12 months, Josh said he was compelled to help.
“It’s shocking and sad that so many families, including so many children, are missing out,” he said.
“No one should go hungry and I have the ability to share some eggs with Foodbank Victoria and make sure some of those people doing it really tough can enjoy good protein.”
For every dozen Josh’s Rainbow Eggs sold during November in select Woolworths stores (see below), 2 eggs will be donated to Foodbank Victoria.
It’s not the first time Josh, who is soon to embark on Year 12 exams, has donated eggs. Over the past 18 months, more than 200,000 eggs from the family farm at Monegeetta (an hour north of Melbourne) have been donated.
Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara said it was heartening to see such generosity and social leadership from someone so young.
“Josh is inspiring. He’s the youngest of our food donors and among the most passionate,” he said.
“The families and individuals accessing food relief from our charity partners will be so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy Josh’s Rainbow Eggs. Sadly, we know that grocery items many people take for granted – such as eggs, meat and milk – are out of reach for most people experiencing food insecurity.”