TOWANDA TOWNSHIP-- A farmer and his wife in Bradford County hope to make Easter a bit tastier for people in the Northern Tier. The couple is making breakfast bundles to give to families for Easter morning.
Fred and Kelsey McNeal own Farmer Fred's Produce and Farm Market near Towanda. They made the breakfast bundles for families at Christmas. The event went over so well they decided to do it again for Easter.
Farmer Fred's Produce and Farm Market sits just off South Main Street near Towanda. The market opens for the season on Saturday, and owners Fred and Kelsey McNeal expect it to be busy. That's when they are giving away Easter breakfast bundles to families in need.
"When you start that day with a full belly and you just know that you're going to be with your family that day. If you're hungry, the rest of the day is just potentially miserable," Fred said.
The breakfast bundles will include a pound of either bacon, pork chops or sausage, a dozen eggs, a bucket of potatoes and candy. The intent is to give families a good meal on Easter morning. The McNeals plan to give out 50 bundles.
"If the need is there and we can help, we're willing to do it," Fred said.
The McNeals did something similar over Christmas and they had extra donations because the donors were so generous that they wanted to do it again over Easter.
"Hunger doesn't go away just because christmas went away. Easter, there are just as many families, and it's just as important of a holiday," Fred said.
"It's incredibly nice. Very, very generous," Brittney Mink said.
Brittney Mink works for the Children's House of Bradford County. The organization helps victims of abuse. It will get some of the Easter bundles to give out to clients.
"There will be things on their table for them to eat because that is such a nice meal. It's rewarding to know that they're taken care of," Mink said.
The McNeals posted about the event on Facebook earlier this week. They already have a big response.
"We always appreciate more nominations. We're asking people in the community to nominate the families that might benefit from these bundles," Kelsey said.
If you know of a family who could benefit from an Easter breakfast bundle, or would like to donate, contact Farmer Fred on his Facebook page.
The McNeals will send messages to people who will get a bundle, and the bundles must be picked up this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Farmer Fred's Produce and Farm Market.