Harvest at Home

Become A Community Champion & Collect Food For HARP This Harvest 

This year we are doing Harvest a bit differently so that the local community in South Essex can safely collect and donate food items for HARP during the Harvest season even with the continued social distancing restrictions. 

We know that many of the schools, churches and community groups that normally collect food for HARP during Harvest are not yet back to normal following the lockdown, which may make doing your usual Harvest collection a bit tricky. If we're wrong and your organisation is able to collect as normal please get in touch here.


If you are not able to take part with your school, church or community group but would still like to help us collect food this Harvest, you can still get involved.

This year, we are recruiting HARP Community Champions to coordinate a food collection on your street for one week during the Harvest Season (14th September to 23rd October).


All you need to do is:


  1. Sign up as a HARP Community Champion here.

  2. Pick one week between the 14th September and 23rd October to be your Harvest at Home week, when neighbours can drop off their donations to your chosen location.

  3. Tell your neighbours (we'll send you a poster to put in your window and a flyer that you can personalise and to put through your neighbours doors).

  4. Your neighbours drop off their food donations during the designated week (we'll give you tips on how to take donations safely).

  5. After your collection week, drop off your donations to HARP's Bradbury Day Centre (1pm - 5pm, Monday-Friday) and remember to send us your photos so we can say thank you on social media. 

In the year ending March 2020, we helped 1,221 people take steps towards overcoming homelessness, including up to 223 HARP residents, which means we use a whole lot of food! That hasn't changed during Covid, so we need your help!

2019's Harvest Appeal saw the generous Southend community fill two whole shipping containers full of food, which has helped us to provide hot nutritious meals and food parcels throughout the last 12 months.


Can you help us get through the next 12 months?

Download our food wishlist here (PDF)


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“Harvest is always a fantastic time of year for us at HARP. It's wonderful to see so people in the local community coming together to help some of the most vulnerable people in our town."

“The donations mean that we can provide healthy meals to our services users, whilst also allowing us to forward plan our menus so we have as little waste as possible. Last year, we served over 60,000 meals across our services, meaning the food we receive at Harvest really does make a huge difference.”

Dean Massey, HARP's Catering Coordinator.

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