An emergency food agency has expressed its thanks for Harvest Festival donations it has received which will enable it to further support local communities.

3Food4U works in partnership with schools and churches across Epping Forest district who assign vulnerable families to it without the need for any burdensome paperwork, referral or assessment.

The charity was particularly impressed by the student council at West Hatch High School for organising a considerable Harvest Festival donation.

Teacher Teresa McGrath said: “It makes me very proud of our West Hatch students for stepping up and making a difference in the community.”

3Food4U was also blessed by the very generous donation of food and fundraising by the congregation St Thomas' Church, Upshire.

It thanked the team vicar of St Thomas’, Rev Jane Yeadon, for organising it.

Epping Forest Guardian:

Rev Jane Yeadon

Both donations were very gratefully received and will support local communities in the coming weeks and months.

3Food4U would be delighted to hear from your organisation, community group or business if you would like to help its vital service however big or small.

Due to an increase in demand for its services, 3Food4U are looking for community minded individuals to join its team of volunteers at Chigwell Row, Waltham Abbey. Loughton and Ongar Hubs. The charity is also looking for volunteer drivers to collect donations across the district.

3Food4U’s community surplus hubs are open as follows:

  • Monday: Waltham Abbbey – 13, Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Tuesday: Loughton – Loughton Club, 8, Station Road - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Wednesday: Chigwell Row – All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road - 5pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday: Ongar – Zinc Arts Centre, High Street - 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday: Waltham Abbey – 13, Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm

The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell is continuing to meet on Zoom on Thursdays at 7pm.

If you would like to attend, contact Pesh on 020 8500 2527 / 07973 166940 or email