How farms give to those in need

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

MOST peo­ple would be fa­mil­iar with the two stan­dard cap­sicum colours, red and green.

All cap­sicums start out green be­fore ma­tur­ing and trans­form­ing into the red colour, but some need to be picked be­fore they fully ma­ture. There’s noth­ing wrong with th­ese cap­sicums, but they aren’t suit­able for the mar­ket. For most farm­ers this means the pro­duce goes to waste.

How­ever, Tim Car­nel from Kirra Pines has adopted an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion, do­nat­ing the pro­duce to Foodbank.

Foodbank is an or­gan­i­sa­tion which sup­plies food to thou­sands of Queens­lan­ders who are do­ing it tough, in­clud­ing to places which hand out com­mu­nity meals and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence refuges.

Mr Car­nel said Foodbank was no ad­di­tional cost for the farm and it was a great way to en­sure they used the whole crop.

Foodbank sup­plies the bins to the farm­ers which are then col­lected by

Lind­say Trans­port be­fore be­ing taken to Bris­bane.

He said the donations can some­times in­clude top-qual­ity pro­duce.

“If the mar­kets are very well sup­plied it could be vir­tu­ally grade one prod­ucts that just doesn’t have a home be­cause of sup­ply and de­mand me­chan­ics,” he said.

He said do­nat­ing to Foodbank was some­thing other farms should con­sider if pos­si­ble.

“There is an op­por­tu­nity there for a lot of peo­ple to get on board,” he said.

“Be­cause it doesn’t cost any­thing to the busi­ness ... it’s a great way to see some­thing like this hap­pen which or­di­nar­ily wouldn’t hap­pen if there was a cost in­volved.”

Foodbank Queens­land CEO Michael Rose said the cause was a great al­ter­na­tive to hav­ing ex­cess pro­duce rot or get ploughed back in.

“Our front­line char­ity part­ners turned away over 4000 peo­ple each month last year due to in­suf­fi­cient food,” he said.

“They tell us that we need 35 per cent more to help meet cur­rent de­mand.

“We know we have a long way to go to en­sure we help those in need and we can’t do that alone.

“The Foodbank Hunger Re­port shows the num­ber of Queens­lan­ders seek­ing food re­lief from our char­ity part­ners has in­creased 13 per cent year on year, the high­est rate of in­crease in Aus­tralia.”

He said Foodbank Queens­land can sup­ply the bins, or­gan­ise the col­lec­tion and is­sue donations re­ceipts to any farmer who wants to con­trib­ute to the cause.


OFF TO A NEW HOME: Tim Car­nel with some cap­sicums be­ing do­nated to Foodbank.

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