A SPIKE in demand for food hampers in the lead up to Christmas has prompted an urgent call for donations from UnitingCare West in Merriwa.
Julie Montague from the organisation’s Outer North Connection Hub said demand for food by families and individuals doing it tough this festive season was unprecedented.
“We’re doing our best to prepare enough hampers to meet all the requests coming in, but we’re in danger of falling short,” she said.
“We’re urging the northern suburbs community to help us reach out to people experiencing hardship, to put food on tables, presents under trees and above all else, give people a sense of belonging, hope and purpose this Christmas.”
Ms Montague said donations of pantry food and special Christmas items would be welcome, including long-life milk and custard, tinned ham, Christmas puddings, fruit mince pies, sweet and savoury biscuits, tuna, rice, pasta, tinned goods, pasta sauce, fruit juices, dried fruits and nuts, muesli bars and noodles.
Food donations can be delivered to UnitingCare West, 56 Baltimore Parade, Merriwa or donations made online via unitingcarewest.org.au.
People can also buy $2 gift tag ‘baubles’, or $3 gift boxes at Target stores or leave an unwrapped gift under the store’s Christmas tree, which will be included in gift hampers.