MORE than $600,000 worth of donated goods is on its way to the region, thanks to Foodbank NSW.
The hampers will be distributed among rural charities before going home to a local family impacted by drought.
Foodbank NSW and ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said the hampers were put together by a team of volunteers over the weekend.
“In total there are 10,000 hampers which will be distributed by local charities,” Mr Andersen said.
“Those hampers are made up of 5000 personal care hampers with things like shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste, while the other 5000 are made up of essential food items such as pasta, breakfast cereals and tinned fruit.
“All told the hampers have a total retail value of around $600,000 and are available now.”
Charities and local support groups can order hampers from the Foodbank NSW website.
“The charities order the hampers from us and then distribute them where they are needed,” Mr Andersen said.
“By doing that, we are able to ensure nothing goes to waste and the hampers go exactly where they are needed.”
Mr Andersen said the donated hampers would not have a negative impact on the local economy.
“These hampers are just a little bit extra on top of the regular shipments we make to regional NSW every week,” he said.
“So really there shouldn’t be too much of an impact on the local economy.”
“It’s really important for us to not only reach the farmers but also the farming communities because drought impacts everyone.
“By allowing the charities to distribute the hampers, we are ensuring the goods are going where they need to and there is no negative impacts on the local economy.”
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