Farmers in the central west have been lent a helping hand in the form of food hampers thanks to relief organisation Foodbank.
Foodbank is Australia's largest food relief organisation and on Wednesday they were in Dubbo distributing hampers to local charity partners.
One of those partners was Dubbo's Emmanuel Care, who received 90 food hampers. Each hamper contains items such as breakfast cereal, pasta, soups, canned fruit and vegetables.
Emmanuel Care manager, Geraldine Tosh said they have been assisting drought affected farmers from areas including Baradine, Gilgandra and Trangie with items such as electricity vouchers.
"And when they come in we try to give them food as well to alleviate their lack of money because most don't have an income at the present moment," she explained.
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Emmanuel Care is a non-government organisation, who are limited in resources and rely on their own efforts to raise money, Ms Tosh said, so Foodbank's hampers have helped ensure they don't use up all of their resources.
Ms Tosh said it was a great benefit to have the food relief organisation come through town.
"We normally buy our pantry food from Foodbank and we receive donations from around the Dubbo community.... so getting this donation is much appreciated," she said.
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Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said in good seasons, farmers are amongst the most generous donors of food to people in need across the state.
"As the worst drought on record continues, we must give back to help farming communities survive," he said.
"In spite of our best efforts, we estimate that we need 50 per cent more food to provide enough for all the people seeking assistance.
"To try and bridge this gap, we rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, community organisations, schools and all levels of government."
Mr Anderson calls on the public to donate $30 which will deliver a hamper to help support a farming family in crisis.
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