DESPITE the tough times experienced by many orchardists in recent years, a group of 10 central west growers have decided to help families less fortunate than themselves by donating eight tonnes of apples to Orange’s FoodCare initiative.
The apples will join a large range of food and personal items being offered at a cut-price rates to FoodCare clients who are finding it hard to make ends meet.
The NSW Farmers’ Federation chair of the Orange district horticultural division Peter West said the organisation was approached by a FoodCare representative who was hoping to build up the charity’s fresh fruit supplies.
“We’ll do this as a trial and we’ll see if we can increase it in the following years,” Mr West said.
“Apples are good thing for us to donate, they’re a cheap source of food and they’re healthy.”
Guy Gaeta said it was important for the growers to help people within the community who are battling “even if the industry is not doing really well at the moment”.
FoodCare is open every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and operates at the Glenroi Community Centre in Garema Road.