Increased demand matched by magnificent response to our annual Harvest appeal

Immediately after the Food Hub’s busiest-ever September came our busiest-ever October, with food for a further 4,050 meals delivered to 450 clients and family members facing hardship and crisis.

October was the sixth month in 2023 when we passed 4,000 meals and takes us to almost 38,5000 meals this year so far. It means that during November we are likely to pass last year’s total of 41,300 meals provided.

Thankfully the increasing need was matched by the amazing generosity of our supporters, with another magnificent response to our annual Harvest appeal.

A staggering 10,700 donated items were received at the Food Hub during October. As well as Harvest collections, the total included items dropped off in our yellow bins and at other collection points across Purley, South Croydon, Coulsdon and Wallington.

We were delighted to receive some huge Harvest collections from no fewer than 19 schools and one nursery. In addition we received food and money donations from 24 churches including several Harvest collections, among them a first-time food donation from the Romanian Baptista Betel church in South Croydon. Mulțumesc!

We share food and also money donations with other local food providers, including the Food Stops at Old Lodge Lane, Purley, St Francis, Selsdon, and Fieldway, New Addington.

composite picture of Harvest 2023 contributors

Pictured (clockwise from top): Pupils of Cumnor House Early Years and Laleham Lea schools, donations from Croham Road Baptist Church, Old Palace Preparatory School and Howard Primary, and the Thank You certificate presented to St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, Coulsdon.

Money donations are also used to buy items such as baby formula milk, larger-size nappies and other essentials that we don’t get sufficiently donated.

Listed below are all the schools and churches who donated during October. To them and to all the families, individuals, businesses and community groups who donate, thank you each and every one for your amazing support.

SCHOOLS/NURSERIES
Beaumont Primary, Purley
Chipstead Valley Primary & Monkey Nuts, Coulsdon
Coulsdon C of E Primary
Cumnor House Early Years, Purley
Cumnor House for Girls, Purley
Foresters Primary, Wallington
Gresham Primary, South Croydon
Howard Primary, Croydon
Keston Primary, Coulsdon
Laleham Lea, Purley
Margaret Roper Catholic Primary, Purley
Number 9 The Nursery, South Croydon
Oasis Academy Byron, Coulsdon
Old Palace Preparatory, South Croydon
Regina Coeli Catholic Primary, South Croydon
St Aidan’s Catholic Primary, Coulsdon
St David’s, Purley
St Peter’s Primary, South Croydon
The Hayes Primary School, Kenley
Woldingham
CHURCHES
All Saints, Sanderstead
Baptista Betel, South Croydon
Christ Church, Purley
Coulsdon Methodist
Croham Road Baptist, South Croydon
Grace Vineyard, Purley
Old Coulsdon Congregational
Purley Baptist
Purley United Reformed
Sanderstead Methodist
Sanderstead United Reformed
Selsdon Christian Fellowship
St Augustine’s, South Croydon
St Gertrude’s, South Croydon
St James’, Riddlesdown
St John’s, Old Coulsdon
St John the Baptist, Purley
St Margaret’s, Carshalton Beeches
St Mark’s, Woodcote
St Mary’s, Old Coulsdon
St Mary’s, Sanderstead
St Paul’s United Reformed, South Croydon
St Peter’s, South Croydon
St Swithun’s, Purley