Woolworths announces it will donate profits from fresh food sales in central Victoria on Saturday

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Woolworths will donate all profits from sales in their fresh food departments across central Victoria on Saturday, to Rural Aid’s ‘Buy a Bale’ appeal.

Currently over 99 percent of NSW is experiencing drought.

Shaun Woodhead and Michelle Jordan have also decided to do their bit to help out.

The pair will be selling cupcakes at $2.50 a pop outside Woolworths in Golden Square from 11am-2pm on Sunday.

The proceeds will go to charity Drought Angels, which assists farmers in need.

A barista by day, Mr Woodhead said decided to sell his cupcakes to meet the needs of those who meet other Australians’ needs.

“Without the farmers we don’t have vegetable or fruit,” he said.

“We need to stay healthy, we need to keep Australians in jobs. There’s too many people out there struggling just because of the weather.”

Buy a Bale begun in 2013, in response to the plight of Queensland farmers.

It has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across four states since it began.

According to Rural Aid, $20 can buy a small bale of hay and help transport it to drought affected areas.

A sum of $60 can help a family put food on the table.

A $100 donation can buy a large bale of hay.

On Saturday August 11 all profits from sales made in the fresh food department of Woolworths will be donated to drought relief.

Donated money will include profits on sales of fruit and vegetables, meat, chilled food, bakery and deli.

Coles yesterday also pledged to match dollar-for-dollar every donation by Coles’ customers for the month of August to help farming communities doing it tough .

The  donations will be handed to the Country Women’s Association to support drought-affected families, to help cover household expenses such as school expenses and food, medical, electricity and water bills.

The matching donation will be in addition to the $5 million already pledged in grants or interest-free loans from the Coles Nurture Fund for farmers who have a project which will help them to combat drought in the future.

Coles Managing Director John Durkan said: “We know our customers want to do more to support families affected by drought. For every donation no matter how big or small, our customers can be assured they will be making a difference to the rural communities experiencing hardship and distress.”

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