A community project that is continuing to help out the vulnerable and those in need during the coronavirus pandemic has become a charity.

The 3food4u initiative was founded by the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell and organiser Pesh Kapasiawala claims the application was approved in record time by the Charity Commission.

Its charity number is 1192310.

The new charity has also launched its 12 Days of Christmas Appeal to help those less fortunate over the festive period.

Epping Forest Guardian:

Anyone who is able to donate is asked to drop off what they can at their local 3food4u hub. The scheme also has a fundraising page at www.give.net/3food4u

The project has also said goodbye to their volunteers and friends Julie, Trevor, Claire and Kelly from Voluntary Action Epping Forest who started the journey with 3food4u in June.

They shared the vision to change a broken system and create a more dignified and respectful way of supporting people in need and launched our first community surplus hub in Waltham Abbey.

The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell is meeting on Zoom during the lockdown at 6pm every Thursday.

If you would like to attend contact Pesh on 020 8500 2527 / 07973 166940 or email pesh@londonresidential.co.uk. The club’s website is www.loughtonrotary.org.uk and it has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rotarylbc

The club also has a number of guest speaker and events arranged for the forthcoming weeks, starting with John Barber from Chigwell United Charities tomorrow (November 19).

A business meeting is due to be held next Thursday (November 26), while a Kids Out festive fun day will take place on Tuesday, December 1.

Alice Melvin from Epping Forest Climate Action is scheduled to be the guest speaker on Thursday, December 3 and a week later a special general meeting will be held via Zoom.