Harlow Foodbank launches 2021 Harvest Food Appeal
Charity / Wed 15th Sep 2021 at 07:18am
HARVEST has always been a great time for the Harlow Foodbank. Support from schools, churches, businesses, clubs and individual donors fills the Store House ready for winter.
Last year very few could collect due to COVID restrictions, but donations were still up due to the huge generosity of neighbours during the pandemic.
But this year things are quite the opposite.
Reserves are very low and the Foodbank is currently giving out almost a 1,000 Kg a month more than it receives through supermarket donations.
The message is clear:
During the pandemic we gave out over 4,500 food parcels in Harlow
The financial effects of COVID are still severe for many
Our Store House is worryingly low on food to respond to this
Your donations will help our neighbours weather the storm
“This appeal is going out to everyone who could help us” says Andy Thornton, CEO of MRCT who run the Foodbank. “I have to admit the trend is quite concerning – but we are putting our faith in the people of this great town to pass a little our way at Harvest Season. If you’ve got enough in your cupboards, please remember those who are still taking the financial hit from this terrible pandemic”.
The Foodbank are asking all who want to help to put up or pass on their Harvest Appeal poster: downloadable here.
“In the past we’ve had great help from people taking initiative: starting a collection at work or at a club, anywhere they can name a place or date for donations!” continued Andy, “they either drop this off to us a call us and agree a time for pickup. This will fill up the barn until Christmas. We ask all those who can to make a special effort in the next few weeks!”
You can donate food to the Foodbank as you shop in all larger local supermarkets, and plenty more places – see here.
If you can’t get to the shops but want to help with a donation to buy food, follow this link!
Thanks Your Harlow for sharing our story! The link to the poster in this article is here: https://mrct.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Harlow-Foodbank-Harvest-2021-poster-.pdf and the donation page is here: https://harlow.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/