Up to 250 Orange workers stood down due to the coronavirus have been given free food and supplies in an emotional gift from their employer, the Orange Ex-Services' Club.
With the club shut down due to government regulations on places of public gathering it handed out up $20,000-$30,000 worth of supplies it now cannot use, to staff.
Everything from potatoes, tomatoes and apples to toilet paper, milk, cakes, pies, eggs, chips and even Easter eggs were collected by staff on Wednesday.
Jo Clifford, who has worked at the club for 23 years, was among staff who gratefully received food.
She said she looked for fresh fruit and vegetables.
It has come as such a shock. I just didn't think this would happen in Australia.Jo Clifford, Ex-Services' Club staff member
"Any items I can use to make meals I can then freeze and store. A pumpkin for soup," she said.
Ms Clifford said she was unsure what she would do in the stand-down period before staff could return to work at the club.
"I am in shock currently, but perhaps I could declutter the house, spend time with my dogs and do some painting," she said.
"I feel very anxious of the unknown.
"It has come as such a shock. I just didn't think this would happen in Australia.
"We just need everyone to do the right thing and social distance so we can all get back to normal."
Ms Clifford said she was pleased with the way the club was handling the situation.
"I am amazed at the generosity and the care that the CEO [Daniel Perkiss] and the executive staff have given," she said.
"Nothing has been too much trouble. Daniel has gone above and beyond. Everything he has offered staff has been amazing," Ms Clifford said.
She said the fear of the unknown was affecting people.
"It really is a feeling of 'what happened just now?'," she said. "The not knowing of how long this will take to run its course and then how long will it be until the government allows us to open and trade again.
No one has lost their jobs.Daniel Perkiss, CEO Orange Ex-Services' Club
"You are informed, and you know what is going on, but it is so difficult to process."
Mr Perkiss said the entire workforce of 210-250 people across the Ex-Services' group had been stood down and the club building would be closed.
"No one has lost their jobs," he said.
Mr Perkiss said the closure meant the food would have passed use-by dates within the next three months and could not be stored.
"We're giving it all free to our staff," he said.
Mr Perkiss said the club was providing a range of other assistance to workers to help them get through a difficult time.
That included access to a series of sessions led by financial planners.
He said the club would provide information packs about how workers could apply for government and energy company assistance and deal with banks.
"Our focus is on having meaningful employment for every single one of our staff after coronavirus," he said.
"The board of management is also focussed on having a sound business."
Mr Perkiss also said some food that had been left over after staff had chosen what they needed, including bags of vegetables, would be donated to Foodcare.
On Tuesday Foodcare supporters highlighted shortfalls in fresh food for people in need.
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