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A practical way for you to put food on your neighbour’s table

Concerned citizen Mary Meehan and Aldi managers Ashley Edwards and James Winter place non-perishable items in a collection trolley for donations to drought-affected families. Similar trollies are outside Coles, and Woolworths Delroy Park and Riverdale. Photo: Dubbo Photo News Concerned citizen Mary Meehan and Aldi managers Ashley Edwards and James Winter place non-perishable items in a collection trolley for donations to drought-affected families. Similar trollies are outside Coles, and Woolworths Delroy Park and Riverdale. Photo: Dubbo Photo News

Aldi, Coles, Woolworths Delroy Park and Woolworths Riverdale have all rallied behind concerned citizen Mary Meehan to help achieve her quest to collect non-perishable goods for donation to drought-afflicted families.

Residents wishing to support the collection drive can find signposted trollies near the front entrance of each supermarket and place donations there.

“We’re all saying the drought is terrible but I think there’s enough of that – let’s just do something (about it). Let’s put food on their table,” Mary told Dubbo Photo News.

“This drought affects us all. These people support our town by shopping here. I just feel for the country people. They’re our neighbours and we can let them know we’re thinking of them,” Mary said.

Residents are invited to donate groceries, toiletries or laundry items but are kindly asked to not include perishable items, money or vouchers.

Trolleys at Woolworths will only be in place until the end of May.

Dubbo Regional Council has supported Mary by providing a space where she can pack the collected items out of the weather.

Twenty-one per cent of the Central West is drought declared, including two thirds of the Dubbo state electorate, while 69 per cent is categorised as ‘drought onset’. Just under 10 per cent of the central west is classified as ‘under watch’.

Need support?

  • For emotional and social wellbeing support, contact Lifeline Central West on 13 11 14, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (24/7)
  • For financial assistance contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 686 188.
  • Family Relationship Service 1800 050 321.
  • Kids Helpline, 24/7, 1800 551 800