Saving Good Food for Good Causes

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.

Current Partners

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.

More Information

For more information on the work of the Bounty Club or to register your interest please contact the MRCT office

Tel: 01279 724515

Bounty Club Leaflet

Please click the link for the Bounty Club leaflet……

Warehouse Food Status Update
December 2019 – January 2020

The following are a list of items, in order of urgencythat are running low in the warehouse. Items marked in RED are at critical levels

Our urgent needs are…

  • Tins Solid Meat (ham, spam etc.)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sponge Pudding
  • Tea – (Max Size 240 bags pls.)
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar (1kg bags)
  • Biscuits

We also need…

  • Toilet Rolls
  • Rice Pudding
  • Juice (long life)
  • Coffee
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Pasta Sauce

It is important that the dates on all these items are as long as possible so, although it takes an extra second or two, it really helps us if you can check the dates.

If you need to find out where you can drop off your donations, please click the link below and scroll down the page for options.

Thank you for your support.

Updated: 04/09/2019