The Bread of Hungarians Programme springs from the hearts of Hungarian farmers, said the Deputy House Speaker of the National Assembly and President of the Hungarian Association of Farmers’ Circles and Agricultural Cooperatives (MAGOSZ), at the Bread of Hungarians initiative’s 2023 Carpathian Basin donation event in Tass, Bács-Kiskun County, on Saturday.
Within the framework of the Bread of Hungarians Programme, which is built on the idea of unity and solidarity, Hungarian farmers donate a portion of their grain every year to Hungarian communities living across the borders and in the broader diaspora. They have done so even in this challenging year, Jakab noted, adding that mills, transporters, and bakers have also joined the programme to ensure that they can provide daily bread for thousands of needy Hungarian compatriots throughout the Carpathian Basin.
At the event, István Jakab emphasized that Hungarian farmers have always been reliable, and this nation-building community continues to be a strong pillar of the Hungarian people. He stated that in the programme, ‘every grain of wheat, every donation, and every penny reaches its target.’
István Jakab stressed that ‘children are the most important asset,’ and everyone can feel, see, or know that the nation intends and has the power to stand up for them, providing support and opportunities for them to become valuable citizens of the Hungarian nation as adults.
Attila Fülöp, the State Secretary responsible for welfare policy at the Ministry of Interior, stated that the Bread of the Hungarians programme carries the message that ‘problems can only be solved together,
our Hungarian community beyond the borders can only be preserved if we stand together, and our future can only be built with faith in one another.’
Oszkár Ökrös, the Deputy State Secretary responsible for international relations at the Ministry of Agriculture, spoke about how the unity of Hungarian farmers, organized under MAGOSZ, has made it possible for the Hungarian community beyond the borders to be represented in collective donations. According to the deputy state secretary, this unity also highlights that within the Hungarian community, we can always count on each other: consumers can count on farmers, farmers can count on the government, cities can count on the countryside, and Hungarians beyond the borders can count on the motherland.
President of the National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) Balázs Győrffy praised the Ágota Foundation for having provided protection and care to those in need for a quarter of a century. The Bread of the Hungarians programme is built on these same principles of caring for others. He emphasized that Hungarian farmers prove year after year that they feel responsible for the nation, and this willingness to help takes tangible form through donations.
Győrffy mentioned that this year, approximately 1,100 tons of wheat were collected at about 300 collection points within the framework of the programme. They also received offers of seed, vegetables, fruits, and computer equipment. As a result of this initiative, the Bread of Hungarians for the Future Scholarship Programme was launched this year, providing financial support to seven young people from the motherland and seven from beyond the borders for their studies and agricultural activities.
Representing the recipient organizations, Katalin Kardos Gyurkó, the President of the National Association of Large Families (NOE), spoke about the gift of several tons of flour they received. But the real gift is the knowledge that there is someone to rely on, and the gift of family and a loving environment in which children grow up. She emphasized that their organization’s collaboration with the Ágota Foundation is based on a sense of community, as they annually provide preserves to children in need through their joint efforts.
The charity event was organized by the Bread of Hungarians Foundation, the National Chamber of Agriculture, and the Hungarian Association of Farmers’ Circles and Agricultural Cooperatives, reaching 19 counties and 15 organizations beyond the borders, with nearly 500 organizations receiving flour donations. Representatives of the beneficiaries also received certificates of support and symbolic sacks of the Bread of Hungarians flour.