Harlow Labour rallies round to support Harlow Food Bank

Politics / Mon 12th Dec 2016 pm31 04:48pm


WHEN Labour Councillors Jean Clark and Edna Stevens visited Harlow Foodbank recently and heard of their need for a large catering Fridge to replace their small domestic one, they knew that Harlow Labour Party would rally round to help out, and that is precisely what they did.

Having researched the availability of a refurnished catering unit, the call went out to Labour party members to help raise the funds, and in just over a week, with the help of a generous donation from ECCO, the funds were raised, the fridge purchased, and it was delivered to Harlow Foodbank’s centre at St Pauls Church on Monday 12th December.

Harlow Labour District and County Councillor Karen Clempner said:

“I know at first hand from my case work and talking to Harlow residents what a vital service Harlow Foodbank provides to those in food crisis. Whether it is benefit delays, transitioning to work, or a dramatic change in family circumstances, many people in Harlow rely on Harlow Foodbank to get them through short term difficult circumstances.

“It is fantastic that Harlow Labour Party members rallied round to raise the funds, and get the fridge that will support Harlow Foodbank’s ability to supplement the basic food packs with fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Harlow Labour Councillors Jean Clark, Karen Clempner, Mike Danvers and Edna Stevens joined Labour Party member and County Council Candidate Eugenie Harvey to hand the fridge over to the team at Harlow Foodbank.

Duncan Craig, Harlow Foodbank’s Satellite Manager said:

“We are ‘chuffed to bits’ with the new fridge. It is superb. I’m now able to take on greater quantities and varieties of chilled produce we collect through the Bounty Club. This enables us to donate a truly wholesome and healthy diet to those in crisis.

“It’s hard to describe the delight on clients’ faces when they are offered such a wonderful array of food items. I can’t tell you how much of an uplift this is to clients who are hard pressed on every side.”

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