The call has been put out for Wagga to get behind its most disadvantaged residents and help put a meal on the table for them for Christmas.
The Leader Food Appeal, run every December, calls on people to donate non-perishable food items to be distributed to those in need by the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army.
Wagga St Vincent de Paul regional president Trevor Urquhart said the donations helped to bring much-needed Christmas cheer to those who received them.
“We ask people to get behind and support it because there are a lot of families in the community doing it very tough,” he said. “It helps them to be able to celebrate with their family and get some good quality food on the table.”
Food for the appeal is deposited into special bags, distributed in the lead-up to the event, which are then collected by volunteers on the day.
The appeal began in 1984 and is supported by a number of Wagga-based organisations, including the South Wagga Apex Club, Bee Dee Bags, Jason Nissan and the Wagga Mutual Credit Union.
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