The city was affected by the Tropical Cyclone Debbie recently. Donations began yesterday until April 13, 2017 to the Aussie Farmers Foundation.
It will help Australia’s farming communities thrive by supporting them during tough times.
Cyclone Debbie hit the ‘food bowl of the north’ around Bowen on the Queensland central coast, which supplies at least 90 per cent of the tomatoes and capsicums eaten in Australia in the winter months.
With the cyclone and its aftermath heavily affecting Queensland, Aussie Farmers Direct CEO Brendan Shaw said it was vital that as much support as possible be given to the affected farming communities.
“The disaster is still unfolding, so we know the impact is only going to get bigger for farming communities in Queensland,” said Shaw. “At this critical time, we’re asking our customers to help support the farmers and growers who are feeding the rest of the country, by purchasing a Family or Seasonal box of 100 per cent Australian fresh fruit and vegetables.
“As well as the money that goes directly to disaster relief efforts, customers can be assured that the produce they purchase helps keep local farms up and running, ensuring vibrant and sustainable rural communities.”
The organisation’s executive officer Julia Hunter said they understand the challenges that farming communities are currently experiencing.
“The Aussie Farmers Foundation has already been a major contributor to disaster relief for farming communities for some time now,” Hunter said. “We recognise that disasters have a long-lasting impact and farming communities will be doing it tough for some time, so we will be partnering with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to help communities during the recovery phase.”
“At Aussie Farmers Direct, we have been passionate supporters of the Australian farming community since we first started the company more than ten years ago, and we want to do our part to help them access the resources they and their communities need,” said Shaw.