Harlow Foodbank is working to restore dignity and revive hope, seeking to combat hidden hunger in Harlow and the surrounding area by supporting local people in crisis. It is coordinated by the Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT), a Harlow based Christian charity, and works in partnership with churches, schools, supermarkets, businesses and front-line professional care agencies to provide this valuable community resource. Since the foodbank opened in April 2009 and up to the end of November 2014 Harlow Foodbank has provided emergency food to 13,275 (8,888 adults & 4,387 children) people.
The Foodbank is a ground-breaking concept designed to help individuals and families in crisis by providing free emergency food until the appropriate agencies are in a position to assist. Our aim is to engage with communities, introducing sustainable projects that enable marginalised people to break through their cycle of poverty. Tinned and dried food is collected from the public at supermarkets, churches, schools and other local groups and “banked” in a warehouse. Food is then given to people in crisis as a result of referrals from registered care professionals, such as, Harlow Welfare Advice Centre, Citizens Advice Centre, CDAT, Harlow Council, Essex County Council, Harlowsave Credit Union, Safer Places and many other care and support workers working in the front line.
Currently Harlow Foodbank needs over 6 tonnes of donated food each month to support existing referrals and feeds an average of 298 people each month in Harlow and the surrounding area. For more information on the work of Harlow Foodbank visit the website at www.mrct.org.uk or contact the office on 01279 724515.
Harlow Foodbank fully endorses the work of “WhereIsTheCare” as it strives to support people in Essex who have experienced poor levels of care alongside highlighting improvements which can make a beneficial difference to local people in the future.
Gary Knott, Director of Community Services