Can you help feed families less fortunate this Christmas?

Emergency food agency 3Food4U has launched its 12 Days of Christmas Appeal and is particularly seeking donations of cupboard food.

Full details of the appeal are on this poster:

Epping Forest Guardian:

3Food4U has been receiving some positive feedback from people who have used the charity for the first time and have often found the experience overwhelming.

Gary said: “The compassion you show to the people you serve is an inspiration for us all. I’ve noticed how you treat everyone with respect and kindness no matter what the situation. Your words and actions go a long way towards helping us keep our dignity. I just want you to know your work hasn’t gone un-noticed.”

Richard said: “Very helpful and a blessing to have this in the area,” while Alison commented: “Everything was well organised with lots of help from the volunteers. Lovely fresh veg and breads. Amazing food, it’s a life saver.”

Jane said: “Lovely people, supportive and kind. Easy access to a huge variety of food and clothes. No questions asked. Great help. Thank you, a million times over!”

Kirsty remarked: “Always so happy, always so polite. Love coming here."

Emma also expressed her gratitude and said: “I love walking in feeling comfortable and relaxed. No judgement. Home from home. Lovely volunteers.”

The 3Food4u hubs will continue as normal over the festive period:

  • Monday: Waltham Abbey – 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