Whittlesea residents are being urged to lend a hand to help families in need by donating to Whittlesea Emergency Relief Network Christmas appeal.

The annual appeal collects non-perishable food, nappies, wipes and toiletries to donate to families across the municipality who are feeling the pinch ahead of the festive season.

Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC), which runs the appeal on behalf of the network, will pass the donations on to the municipality’s emergency relief providers to distribute.

WCC emergency relief co-ordinator Katie O’Brien said a recent Whittlesea council survey found that 12 per cent of households reported they had run out of food and couldn’t afford to buy more at least once in the past 12 months.

“This food drive will directly assist families to put food on their table,” she said.

“Every year we see an increase in families needing support.”

Donations can be made at WCC, shop 111 Pacific Epping, until December 8.

Details: 9401 6666