Help ‘Feed a Farmer’ this festive season – that was the message from emergency services they launched a charity drive calling for food donations on Monday.

NSW Nationals Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant launched the initiative alongside representatives from the NSW Police Force, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service. The agencies have joined with Foodbank NSW/ACT to spearhead the drive, which will be calling on donations across the state over the next two months.

Mr Grant said ‘Feed a Farmer’ was a wonderful example of mates helping mates, something in the blood of all NSW Nationals, and would hopefully come as some small relief for those doing it tough during the drought.

“Our farmers are the backbone of our community, and have been battling terrible drought conditions for months now, with many choosing to feed their stock first before putting food on their own tables,” Mr Grant said. “This drive is about getting behind them to show our support – and that’s just the Aussie way, when people are doing it tough in our community, we all pitch in to lend a helping hand. I’m also very proud to see our emergency services joining forces to support this important cause. Remember, any donation, large or small can make a big difference.”

Farmer Blair Briggs joined Mr Grant at the launch of the community appeal.

“So many farmers are having a really tough go of things at the moment with almost the entire state affected by the drought,” Mr Briggs said. “We’re all doing what we can to make ends meet, but it’s really nice to know the community are behind us, and I’m happy that I can help get the word out for people to get involved.”

Collections for ‘Feed a Farmer’ will run until Tuesday, December 4.