FESTIVE SPIRIT: (From left) Marlene Beattie and Jenny Creed from Food Assist with Sarah Myer, Mandy Gilmore, Food Assist’s Esther Spicer, Brian Nothdurft and Noel Grosskopf with the Christmas hampers.
FESTIVE SPIRIT: (From left) Marlene Beattie and Jenny Creed from Food Assist with Sarah Myer, Mandy Gilmore, Food Assist’s Esther Spicer, Brian Nothdurft and Noel Grosskopf with the Christmas hampers. Jayden Brown

Gifts for farmers as drought hampers Christmas festivities

FARMERS are at the top of the list of people getting a helping hand from Food Assist Warwick this Christmas.

The hardworking Food Assist volunteers have been given 15 hampers for drought-stricken farmers doing it tough.

Volunteer Esther Spicer said the hampers were donated by the Food Bank in Brisbane.

"We wanted them to go to farmers in need," she said

"There are a lot of farmers doing it tough this Christmas."

The hampers have been collected by the Community Disaster Relief Van team, who have just returned from a drought-relief trip to Longreach.

CDRV committee member Brian Nothdurft said he was hoping to send the hampers to farmers around Winton.

"Donations are always welcome - every little bit helps," he said.

"We're working on trying to get them up there now.

"It's very dire out there."

Closer to home there are many families in the Rose City also doing it tough.

Mrs Spicer said the Food Assist team had been very busy putting together hampers in the lead up to Christmas.

"We've got more than 100 hampers ready to go for Christmas," she said.

"Christmas will be hard for many people this year.

"There's a lot of people trying to pay for presents - not much money for food."

Hampers start from just $15 each and include a range of Christmas essentials.

Every hamper purchased gets a free raffle ticket for a big Christmas hamper.

Food Assist Warwick is located on Percy St, opposite the Stockyard Hotel.



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