Partnering with the community
MRCT works in partnership with churches, schools, supermarkets, businesses and front-line professional care agencies to provide this valuable community resource.
The Foodbank is 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, Citizens Advice Centre, Safer Places, Harlow Council Front Line Services, Job Centre Plus, Spurgeons Children’s Centres, CDAT, Streets2Homes and other carers working in the front line.
What People Say About Us
“I would like to express my great appreciation to everyone involved with “Harlow Foodbank” and “Bounty Club”. These services provide residents in Harlow with a unique support system which is invaluable and are a lifeline where people gain security from when they need it. None of the above services could work without the volunteers who give of their time and energy to make a difference within our community. So, thank you so very much to all those who assist you in changing lives for the better”.
Councillor Maggie Hulcoop Chair - Harlow District Council
“Our Harlow Foodbank is a lifeline in our community. It is an extraordinary place and a real measure of Harlow’s heart. When families struggling with the cost of living are at a crisis point, the Harlow Foodbank is there to provide household supplies and nutritious meals. The Foodbank depends on our Harlow community for donations and volunteer staff and works closely with local partners and organisations to continue to provide support to those who need it most.
“The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust volunteers work incredibly hard, including over weekends and holidays, and it is a testament to all that they do that they manage to give out thousands of food parcels. A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers - they are all heroes and heroines!
“I am thrilled to champion their work both in Parliament and locally.”
Robert Halfon MP for Harlow