A joint operation between three organisations is helping to deliver food relief packages to communities across the central west.
Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E), together with the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) and the Al-Ihsan Foundation are delivering the packages to 11 communities, including at Coonabarabran, Cobar, Broken Hill and Ivanhoe.
The operation was able to commence after FPDN were donated 786 food relief packages from the Al-Ihsan Foundation.
FPDN is a national organisation of and for Australia's First Peoples with disability, their families and communities.
The groups reached out to REDI.E for assistance in obtaining a storage space in Dubbo to store and divide the packages in preparation for delivery.
After discussing the plan with FPDN regional coordinator Deb King, REDI.E agreed to offer assistance free of charge, by providing storage and assisting with the delivery of the packages to the communities.
Generally donations from the Al-Ihsan Foundation go to third world countries, so this is the first ever domestic release donation.
Debbie King from FPDN said their goal with this operation was to deliver the essentials to communities effected by bushfires, drought and COVID-19 particularly in far west NSW.
"With COVID, everyone is going through a rough time," Ms King said.
"Everybody we've spoken and reached out to have been just amazing in making sure this food hits the ground."
Ms King said the support from REDI.E has made a huge difference.
"REDI.E were beyond amazing and instrumental in making this happen with the FPDN and the Al-Ihsan Foundation," she said.
Sue-Ellen Reese from REDI.E said this type of project is that aligns with their values.
"(We support) Anything that supports our communities that are doing it hard, particularly now," she said.
To find out more visit fpdn.org.au