AS the massive flood clean-up continues in Gunnedah, Australia's largest hunger relief charity has stepped in to lend a helping hand.
Foodbank rolled into town on Wednesday, with a truckload of support for those in the community who have been hit the hardest.
Free fruit and vegetables were carted away by the box full, and as word got around town hundreds of families took advantage of the fresh produce pop-up shop at the Gunnedah PCYC.
Foodbank collaborated with Joblink Plus to organise the day, and the organisation's community engagement coordinator Katrina Higgins said the turn out was surprising.
"At least a couple of hundred families have been supported today," she said.
"Foodbank and Joblink Plus work together to deliver hampers throughout the whole year, especially if the community is in crisis.
"It's great partnership and we will be doing something again in the near future across the whole area."
Foodbank NSW & ACT's Adam Loftus, who travelled from Sydney for the day, said they had heard from their charity partners that access to affordable produce was getting tougher for people in the bush.
"So we're just getting out and helping where we can," he said.
"We started these back in the drought a few years ago and it continued on, obviously we had bushfires, and then COVID hit, and now floods, so unfortunately we're always doing something, but we're helping the community."
He said while Foodbank expected the need for food relief across the state to go down towards the end of the year, it's actually stayed at quite a high level.
"We're delivering about 700,000 meals a week across the state and this is part of it," he said.
"The turnout has been consistent, people came in very early and the word spread."
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