For the benefit of the community
The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT) has been operating the Bounty Club in Harlow since September 2014, firstly as a pilot project, and then as a permanent part of the charities work.
The project seeks to help reduce companies’ surplus, low dated/end of line fresh food, which would normally be deemed as wastage, by picking it up and distributing it into the local community via front-line professional agencies.
These agencies include school breakfast clubs (children from low income families), homeless projects, children’s centres, community drop in centres, women’s refuges, youth hostel services, foodbank clients, refugee services, children’s holiday clubs, elderly services, drug rehabilitation projects, Salvation Army and many others.
Once delivered this food is then distributed to local people, many of whom are from low income families, people on benefits, people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, and others with addictions or just finding it difficult to make ends meet each week.
We currently have 41 front-line partners working with the Bounty Club. The Bounty Club operates “for the benefit of the community”, which will include people in crisis.
The food companies currently working in partnership with the Bounty Club are Bidvest-Harlow, Swithenbank-Hoddesdon, and Brakes in Harlow. In 2017/18 it is planned to further develop this service to local supermarkets, shops and other fresh food companies.
Food collected and redistributed
In 2016 the Bounty Club picked up and distributed an average of 15 tonnes of surplus fresh food each month to front-line agencies, and helped to redirect over 180 tonnes of this food away from landfill, animal feed or bio fuel.
MRCT will be further developing the work of the Bounty Club in Harlow in 2017, and plans to extend the service into the towns and villages around the town, if funding support can be identified.
Bounty Club Van Sponsorship 2017/18
MRCT is looking for a company sponsor for the Bounty Club van for the coming year so if your business would like to raise its profile in Harlow, and support a very worthy charity, please contact Gary Knott at the MRCT office.
The cost of sponsorship for 2017/18 will be £3,498, which comprises of all operational expenditure, includes; tax, insurance, fuel, servicing, equipment repairs, and will run from April 2017 to March 2018.
The sponsor would be able to display their company logo/logos on the van and we will also publicise the partnership on our website, on our social media pages, and in newsletters and other media reports during the year.
Michael Roberts Charitable Trust
The Rainbow Centre
2 Wych Elm
Essex CM20 1QP
Tel 01279 724 515
Registered Charity No. 1065006
Registered Company No. 3439299
There will be a Harlow Foodbank Collection point outside The Wellbeing Centre, Bush Fair today. Please give generously 😃