Congratulations to Anthony Milburn who has been named Maitland's 2019 Volunteer of the Year for his part in a rescue mission with a difference.
For the past four years Tony has saved fresh veggies that risk going to waste because they are deemed imperfect. He collects the produce and, with the help of the volunteers of Slow Food Hunter Valley, transforms it into meals for people in need.
Tony said it began with Maitland's 2016 Great Pumpkin Rescue. Since then he has collected up to 10 tonnes of food a year, which has been turned into some 5,000 meals for people in our community.
A 71-year-old retiree, Tony also volunteers on his friend Matt Dennis' vegetable farm at Morpeth a few days a week. He has been with the Kiwanis for more than two decades and is a volunteer with the Salvation Army. I often throw him a gold coin or two at the Maitland Markets.
I thank Tony for his great work in our community.