The packing of 5000 food hampers and 5000 personal care hampers in mid-September will send much-needed help to drought-affected NSW and Queensland farming communities.
Foodbank Queensland has already supplied 150 hampers to Aussie Helpers for families in need in rural and regional communities which were donated and packed by Unilever.
The delivery is part of an ongoing commitment by Foodbank to help regional Queenslanders, Foodbank says. Queensland farmers are incredibly generous, donating more than five million kilos of fresh produce last year alone, the food relief organisation says.
The drought is affecting many communities, especially those in western Queensland, and Foodbank Queensland says it is listening to what their charities on the ground are telling them about when and where additional support is required.
With additional food supplies coming in from generous food producers and manufacturers, Foodbank is also looking for funds to transport goods to people in regional areas who need them most.
“It is important to remember that Foodbank has a long and proud history of supporting rural and regional communities in good times and bad, noting that, on average, 29 per cent of those experiencing food insecurity live in rural and regional communities, Brianna Casey, CEO, Foodbank Australia says.
"Drought has simply increased the demand for food relief in these areas.”