Blayney Public School and Exchange Hotel gets behind those in need.

HELPING HAND: Luke Davies, Sue Storey and Suellen Cook with just a few of the items in their care hampers. Photo: Mark Logan.
HELPING HAND: Luke Davies, Sue Storey and Suellen Cook with just a few of the items in their care hampers. Photo: Mark Logan.

Once again Blayney is showing its strong community spirit with two separate groups organising food drops for those in need.

The Exchange Hotel's Luke Davies is no stranger to community work and when he heard that there were a number of families struggling with their food bills, he decided to take action.

"Anyone on social welfare is doing it tough because the price of everything has gone up," he said.

"I decided to put ten simple packs together, eggs, milk and bread, and deliver them to a few people that need a hand."

When he crossed the road to Ryan's Bakery to buy the bread and milk for the packages, he was pleasantly surprised by owner Chris Ryan's response.

"He decided that Ryan's Bakery would donate the bread and milk for the first delivery," he said.

BIG HELP: Blayney Public School's Lyris May, Bernardi's manager and Rotarian Geoff Bottom, Bec Oldham and Cheryl Rutherford. Photo: Mark Logan.

BIG HELP: Blayney Public School's Lyris May, Bernardi's manager and Rotarian Geoff Bottom, Bec Oldham and Cheryl Rutherford. Photo: Mark Logan.

"Also Neville Farm Eggs are giving us the eggs at a good rate because we're donating them."

Once the word was out Wally Cox from the Blayney Anglican Church and Suellen Cook from Meals on Wheels have given Mr Davies a list of families that are in need.

"The people we have from the Anglican church are young and the ones that we have from Meals on Wheels are older," Mr Davies said. "It's a good mix in the community."

Over the coming weeks the hampers will expand with Martelli's Orchard joining in the program with discounted fruit and vegetables.

There are a few treats for the children, staple food items, pantry items and Tracey Mackie from Lyndhurst has given us some colouring in sheets for the kids.

Bec Oldham

Blayney Public School have supplied local families with food hampers in the past, mainly in conjunction with local church groups and Foodbank.

When principal Jaime Medbury suggested that the school should offer random acts of kindness to some of the school's families, the staff and the community jumped into action.

Community Engagement Officer Bec Oldham said that fifty families would be receiving a box of treats and goodies on Wednesday.

"Everyone is receiving the same thing," she said, "There are a few treats for the children, staple food items, pantry items and Tracey Mackie from Lyndhurst has given us some colouring in sheets for the kids."

The staff have been joined by Blayney Rotary and Bernardi's Marketplace in Blayney with both organisations providing $500 towards the purchase of the hampers.

Purchasing the items, boxing them up and selecting the families is just one part of the entire project, now comes the delivery.

"Cheryl and I will be touring Blayney dropping the boxes off at people's front doors. It's totally contactless," she said.

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