EMPTY BOXES: Ian and Chris Robbins have no water to grow vegetables.
EMPTY BOXES: Ian and Chris Robbins have no water to grow vegetables. DEIRDRE SMITH

Foodbanks struggling

LACK of produce has forced CDS Foodbank to cut back its operation from two days to one day per week.

CDS support worker Melissa Adams said the service relied on farmers to provide vegetables but the drought meant they did not have enough to give away.

"More people are trying to access it,” she said. "This time of year is always difficult but with the drought, it's both things.”

Previously, the service operated on an open-door system on Mondays, where anybody could access food, while the service on Thursday was restricted to people who had a referral from the neighbourhood centre. Only this service is currently operating.

"We had to restrict the service to Thursday, so they could get the lion's share,” Ms Adams said. "We know those families and what is happening with them.”

While she said the curtailment of the Food Bank on Monday was affecting people, "there is a lot going on” with other services such as Vinnies, Granite Belt Drought Assistance and Food is Free providing food.

However, Chris and Ian Robbins who run Food for Free at The Summit are also feeling the pinch.

Food donated from farmers is in short supply.

"We have only two dozen apples left” and lack of water means the pair are struggling to grow vegetables to supplement the supply.

However, they emphasise the service is still open.

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