Slow Food Hunter Valley volunteers were back in The Levee packing fruit and vegetable boxes for a good cause on Thursday, but there was a slight problem.
There wasn't as much produce to go around as usual.
The not-for-profit group has been taking boxes to Upper Hunter farmers each month but that venture is becoming more challenging as the dry conditions in the Maitland area continue.
The lack of rain is taking a toll on fruit and vegetable production, so volunteers reached out to backyard growers and urged them to lend a hand by donating any excess produce.
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Thirty boxes - 10 less than usual, will be taken to farming families in the bone dry community of Moonan Flat on Friday.
"There's just not as much produce around, the drought is having an impact on everything," earth market chairwoman Amorelle Dempster said.
The group want to fill 40 boxes on December 5 to give farming families in Gundy some relief. Donations of excess produce can be dropped off in The Levee at 12.30pm.