St Vincent de Paul Society’s Bruce Buchanan was at the McNamara Street workshop on Wednesday to accept four pallets of non-perishable items from community food provider Second Bite.
He said food insecurity was a growing issue in Orange with the increased cost of utility bills and rent causing more people to go without.
“Making sure they’ve got the essential items for living is very important,” Mr Buchanan said.
Through a partnership between St Vinnies, Second Bite and Foodcare, the goods donated from supermarkets in Sydney will find a home in Orange families’ cupboards.
Once St Vinnie’s pack the next round of boxes for its clients and FoodCare stacks its shelves at Glenroi Community Centre for low income households, the excess goods will be shared with new Facebook group Feed4Farmers.
FoodCare’s Anne Hopwood said she was amazed when she got the call to say the truck was on its way from Penrith.
“What a fabulous opportunity to help farmers out west and make sure food gets to the people who need it,” she said.
Ms Hopwood said the organisation would be putting the message out their through social media and word of mouth that families doing it tough because of drought should feel welcome at FoodCare.
In an effort to return the food favour, Mr Buchanan said St Vinnie’s is hoping to partner with local growers to see the truck return to Sydney filled with fresh produce.