GIPPSLAND dairy farmers have been among the best supporters of the Lions’ Need for Feed disaster relief campaign since its inception in 2006.
Which is why, given the present state of the dairy industry, the campaign has now put a priority on supporting them in return, according to local coordinator Katie Glassock.
The long-established tradition of gathering donated hay, using donated transport, and trucking it to needy farmers will continue, and the appeal is still accepting donated hay stocks.
But with the support of the CFA, ‘Need for Feed’ has also extended to collecting non-perishable food items for packing in hampers for dairy farmers throughout Gippsland in particular.
The campaign for food items follows a successful partnership between Michael’s IGA stores and Lions which injected $200,000 into a crisis appeal, distributed as $100 Need for Feed IGA food shopping voucher by the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
The IGA support is on-going, and shoppers can still dedicate the loyalty points to the dairy farmers’ appeal each time they visit a Michaels IGA store.
“The food collection appeal is starting to gain momentum,” said Katie this week, stressing that collection points were still being established around the area.
“You can leave your food items at National Tiles/Dollar Curtains in McKenzie Street Wonthaggi or at the Wonthaggi Newsagency and we’re working on a location in Korumburra as well,” said the Korumburra Lions’ Club member.
“Ask any CFA brigade in your area if they are involved, the Lions at Inverloch as well, or funds can be donated online at www.needforfeed.org.
“The need is certainly there and will get more acute before the dairy farmers go into their new season. We distributed 575 Christmas hampers to dairy farmers across Gippsland distributed by Lions clubs in the area. So we have all those contacts and we’ll be working with other agencies as well.
“We’re looking to build up a food bank of the normal staples that can be packed into hampers.”
You can also call the numbers at the bottom of the attached advert to arrange a drop off for either hay or food stuffs.
Last week, the local Need for Feed volunteers also organised a hay collection at Koonwarra which they were running up to Ballarat, where the appeal had been nominated for an Australia Day award.
The hay is being distributed along the way.
So, if you want to help, check out the advert on this page.
‘Need for Feed’ seeking hay and food