May 2018

Due to the increased level of foodbank referrals we are currently experiencing (over 4,000 annually) and the current upstairs location of our foodbank satellite centre at St Paul’s Church in Harlow Town Centre our staff and volunteers have been under enormous pressure lifting and carrying large amounts of food boxes and fresh food up and down the stairs each week which cannot be maintained.  These boxes are very heavy, and it is putting a major strain on our teams to maintain.

We now have agreement from St Paul’s Church that we can move the foodbank satellite centre to the back of the church in early June 2018 (downstairs location) which will eliminate the need to carry boxes up and down the stairs by transporting them direct from the bell tower into the church all on one level.

For us to achieve this objective Harlow Foodbank will need to purchase additional equipment to operate effectively, and within health and safety guidelines, so we are asking our supporters for HELP IN RAISING THE MONEY WE NEED TO MOVE OUR SATELLITE CENTRE as soon as we can. Listed below is the equipment we will need to purchase before we can consider moving so we would ask that you please consider making a donation which would be greatly appreciated and valued.


1. Mobile Sink Unit = £820.00
2. Screen Dividers x 2 = £706.00
3. Folding Tables x 4 = £603.00
4. Safety Cones x 2 = £14.00
5. Stacking Chairs x 10 = 650.00
6. Fan for current fridge = £40.00


Donations can be made online at www.mrct.org.uk by clicking the JUST GIVING button at the bottom of the homepage and follow the online instructions.

You can also send a cheque to SATELLITE APPEAL, MRCT, Rainbow Centre, 2 Wych Elm, Harlow CM20 1QP. Cash donations can also be accepted by hand at our office in Harlow.


Gary Knott
Director of Community Services
Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT)


Bounty Club Summer 2019 Newsletter

Too good to waste? Recycle... We have been delighted at the progress of the work of the Bounty Club during 2018/19 when Trevor Stanesby our coordinator and main driver has further developed the service to front-line professional agencies, homeless projects, children’s centres, drop in centres, school breakfast clubs, charities and other vital community resources all for the benefit of the local community.

Warehouse Food Status Update
September – Decemebr 2019

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…

  • Juice (long life)
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tins Solid Meat (ham, spam etc.)
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar (1kg bags)
  • Biscuits
  • Tea – (Max Size 240 bags pls.)

We also need…

  • Toilet Rolls
  • Rice Pudding
  • Sponge Pudding
  • Tinned Tomatoes

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