Nell's Pantry opens Tuesday, with free groceries for drought-affected farmers

Sue Jolliffe and Caroline Wells were getting the pantry ready for the official opening.
Sue Jolliffe and Caroline Wells were getting the pantry ready for the official opening.

A pantry for farmers will soon be up and running at St John's Anglican Church, Forbes for those doing it tough due to the drought.

Nell's Pantry for Farmers will be opening its doors on Tuesday, May 21 from 12:30pm with a free sausage sizzle.

Pantry volunteer, Sue Jolliffe, said being from a farming family, she knows how hard the current conditions are.

The Pantry is named after parish member, Nell, who left a donation to St John's to be used for the community.

Mrs Jolliffe said the Pantry evolved out of the generosity of community members and staff members from various businesses including IBM.

This generosity helped St John's Anglican Church host a Farmers Feast in September of last year, as well as distribute hampers to farming families in need.

Reverend Crystal Spindler said the Pantry is a continuation of support from the Farmers Feast, with different churches and businesses from the coast sending through gift cards and food for those in need.

"We thought this was the best way to give back to the community and honour Nell," Reverend Spindler said.

Nell's Pantry will be open to farmers every Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm, except for public holidays, to select the items they need.

Farmers will be able to select up to two reusable Woolies bags worth of the items they need per visit.

"This is a project for as long as we can keep it up and is needed," she said.

Mrs Jolliff said it is all private and confidential about who comes to the Pantry - they have no forms, no joining fee, all they ask is for their name and property name.

To help privacy and confidentiality, Mrs Jolliff said farmers can use the side entrance near the taxi rank to visit the Pantry.

Reverend Spindler said they are relying on locally sourced groceries to stock the Pantry and are hoping people can get behind the Pantry.

The first pantry of food which will be stocked in Nell's Pantry for Farmers was donated by Georgie's Pantry in Parkes as well as donations from some local people.