Guyra community is Doing It For Farmers In Need, thanks to Rotary Club's Briana Merritt

BOXES FOR FARMERS: Rotary Club member Briana Merritt with some of the produce donated by Guyra residents for farmers in need.

BOXES FOR FARMERS: Rotary Club member Briana Merritt with some of the produce donated by Guyra residents for farmers in need.

Rotary Club member Briana Merritt is boxing clever to help farmers in need.

She has set up a pick-up and drop-off point at the Guyra Bowling Club where people can donate non-perishable foods, toiletries, and pet food that will be distributed to farming families.

Briana saw on Facebook that volunteers from the United Church Tamworth had set up Doing it for our Farmers to raise awareness and support local farmers experiencing tough times in drought.

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“A lot of farmers aren’t feeding themselves,” Briana said, “as livestock feed gets more and more expensive. I don’t want them stressing about feeding their kids.

“This helps them by not having to buy food for their family or pets.”

Briana has only run the program here for two weeks.

In that time, the Guyra community has already donated 13 boxes’ worth of goods including toilet paper, soups, taco mixes, pet foods, toys, Weetbix, sauces, toothpaste, coffee, condensed milk, and pasta.

“I’m very grateful to the Guyra community for helping so far,” Briana said. “I don’t know who brought stuff into the Bowling Club, but I assume a lot of people have. They really get into things like this.”

The Doing It for Our Farmers volunteers in Tamworth should collect the boxes at the end of this week. They will sort through the goods, then distribute them to farmers.

“I will run this for as long as we need to do it,” Briana said. “Maybe a month or two, until we get more rain, grass growing, and greenness.”

She also encouraged people to give money to farmers.

“Fifty or a hundred dollars would go a long way to helping them feed their livestock.”