Aiming to provide opportunities for people to work together to support social need in their community with drop-in centres

Harlow Foodbank is working to restore dignity and revive hope, seeking to combat hidden hunger by supporting local people in crisis

A new MRCT project working with food companies to recycle company food wastage for the benefit of the community


  • Maybury Open Door supports over 150 people each week at two locations in Harlow
  • Harlow Foodbank is providing emergency food for over 2,700 people in crisis each year and providing food to support front-line professional care agencies work
  • The Bounty Club is working with local fresh food companies by picking up over 15 tonnes of surplus food each month and distributing it to front-line professional care agencies, school breakfast clubs, children’s centres, refuges, homeless projects and other organisations and charities, all for the benefit of the community
  • Supported by a volunteer team of over 147 people


Articles about MRCT and our projects.


The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT) is a Christian charity that does not affiliate itself with any political party and receives no government funding.  We are non-judgemental and inclusive, providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need.

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…”

Matthew 25:35-36
















MRCT is a work driven by FAITH, guided by LOVE and sustained by HOPE in our Lord Jesus


If it wasn’t for Maybury Open Door I wouldn’t be here at all.

ClientMaybury Open Door

Came here today from the Harlowsave Credit Union.  I have 2 children and I’m really struggling to make ends meet.  The staff was very helpful and understanding even though I was upset. Thank you so much.

ClientHarlow Foodbank

The provision of food vouchers for clients in need is a very valuable resource, as we can be sure the client is receiving food rather than money, and it has satisfied what has proved to be a greater need than expected.

In addition, the policy of giving out vouchers only to clients who have sought help from us is good as it lessens the potential load on the bureau, and, more importantly puts pressure on the client to seek practical help (e.g. debt advice) to ensure they do not repeat the problems that have put them into this situation in the first place.

Liz HornerSupervisor, Citizens Advice Bureau

Although we support families from all walks of life, we continually see families in hardship as an effect of the on-going financial climate.

Families are struggling to make ends meet and suffer the anxiety of balancing increasing bills with less income.  The families are very proud and have only accepted our offer of Foodbank support as a last resort; and been very humbled and grateful as the food has enabled parents to adequately feed their children whilst catching up when awaiting benefits or facing higher than average bills.

Home-Start Harlow Trustees, Staff and Volunteers send thanks to Foodbank and donators for providing what we now rely on as an essential life line for struggling Harlow families

Julie GulrajaniFamily Support Coordinator, Homestart

We very much appreciate the help our residents have received from Harlow Foodbank at times of great hardship and with your continued help, we wish to be able to support those in temporary financial difficulty especially as winter and Christmas is looming.

Rosie GuariscoHarlow Mental Health Team, Nacro Housing

As a member of the Guidance Team at Harlow College, the Foodbank has been an integral part of the services we provide to students covering all ages and backgrounds.

It has helped as part of a combination of support to be able for them to continue with their education and emotional wellbeing. I have found the Foodbank to be an evaluable resource

Diana McLaughlinCareer & Guidance Adviser, Harlow College

The service provided by Harlow Foodbank made all the difference to one offender’s weekend.  With numerous shop theft convictions, I truly believe foodbank helped him not only feed himself until his benefits were paid, but prevented him from committing further offences.

I can’t speak highly enough of the kindness behind the service and the difference it makes.

Thank you

Katies WrightUPW Requirements Organiser, Essex Probation

The Children’s Centres in Harlow have been working in partnership with the Foodbank for the last 2 years and are really impressed with the service.  We have made referrals for many families who, for a variety of reasons found themselves without access to money or food for a short period.  The Foodbank vouchers we were able to provide ensured those families had provisions for balanced meals for three days, in some cases this was extended and further vouchers were supplied.

The Children’s Centres would like to give their thanks to everyone who donates food or gives their time voluntarily to the Foodbank.

Lisa ChambersChildren’s Services Manager, Spurgeons