Look around the family dinner table after a meal and there's often leftovers - the vegetables you'd rather live without, the food that you just couldn't fit in.
What if I told you there are people craving for fresh fruit and vegetables. For them it's a luxury to eat these foods - and they don't live in a third world country.
In fact, they live in our own backyard in drought-ravaged NSW. They are farming families - the people who help us put food on our tables.
Ironically, the drought is so unrelenting and fierce that they are having trouble putting food on their own table.
There are an increasing number of families who are being forced to restrict their grocery shopping to staple items like bread and pasta. The cheap carbohydrates fill them up and keep them going.
One family hasn't eaten fresh fruit and vegetables in 9 months. Let me say that again - one family hasn't eaten any fresh fruit or vegetables all year.
It's heartbreaking, it's shocking and it's a stark reminder of how bad this unrelenting and severe drought has become since The Mercury started reporting on it in early 2018.
There are a long list of things farming families are being forced to go without so they can put almost every cent they have into keeping their farm going. That's their livelihood and their whole life. It's also their identity. Fresh fruit and vegetables has become another casualty in the fight to hold on to that.
But it shouldn't be this way. When farmers are doing it this tough it sends a strong message - there is simply not enough support in these unprecedented times. That needs to change, and quickly.
I picked up the phone to Amorelle Dempster - Slow Food Hunter Valley's Earth Market chairwoman, while she was on her way to Gundy to deliver the drought boxes, and we hatched a plan to help. Ms Dempster, sitting in the passenger seat with cartons of eggs on her lap and an esky of cheese at her feet - (there was so much food the car and trailer were both full), was just as concerned and wanted to help.
A quick call to We Care Road Trip founder Anne-Marie Best and it was decided. We would send as much fresh food as we could to Coonabarabran farming families. There are five seats left on the bus, so if you want to go along you had better be quick.
So if you've got any spare fresh fruit and veggies please donate them. Bring them to Reader's Cafe and Larder in the East Maitland library building by 9.30am on Friday.
Every little bit makes a difference.