ANGLICARE manger of retail and community engagement Kaye Pritchard is urging Orange residents to dig deep this winter for the charity’s annual Pantry Appeal.
Formally known as the Winter Appeal, the Pantry Appeal is Anglicare’s biggest drive and Ms Pritchard was hopeful of people donating non-perishable goods to stock the charity’s pantry ahead of the looming winter months.
“We’re looking for a wide range of things, basically items that you’d put in your own pantry at home,” she said.
To name a few, Anglicare accepts donations of tinned meat dishes, tinned spaghetti, long-life milk, Weet-Bix or other cereals, baby formula, pastas and rice as well as condiments like Vegemite and jam.
“Stuff like cans and packets of things. Baby needs, toiletries ... your day to day basics,” she added.
“Propping up families who have fallen on harder times. Money is a bit of a stretch and some people are doing it pretty tough at the moment.”
The Pantry Appeal is one of Anglicare’s regular appeals with an increasing emphasis on the year- round requirements of emergency assistance for people facing hardship.
Through the Pantry Appeal, Anglicare staff seek donations of non-perishable items and funds.
The Central Western Daily is a donation destination for this year’s appeal, and Ms Pritchard said the best way people can get involved in the appeal is to donate through registered business collection spots.
With the appeal running for the next two months, Anglicare staff are urging Orange business people and school communities to co-ordinate collections, with the charitable organisation then charged with picking up the donations en masse.
Ms Pritchard said Anglicare was “more than happy” to collect from organised collection spots.
“We’d love to get as many donations as we can,” she added.
“We’re positive people will be understanding. We’re thinking positively at the moment. We expect donations to be similar to last year, if not better.”