Harvest Festival

13th October, 2021

IN CELEBRATION of the Harvest Festival we have launched a Food Bank and would like to invite you to help us to make a difference to those in need within the community.

The Harvest Festival Food Bank can be found outside B&M at Castlegate and it is easy to take part and show your support:

Step 1: When buying your weekly food shop, simple add an extra item or two to your basket

Step 2: Drop your donation off at the Food Bank outside B&M

Step 3:  Help to make a difference in your community

What can be donated?

  • Tinned Food, particularly tinned meat
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Savoury snacks
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Biscuits
  • Sweets

Where do the food donations go?

All items donated to the Food Bank will be given to The Moses Project in Stockton-on-Tees.

What is The Moses Project?

The Moses Project exists to help clients progress to an alternative lifestyle, providing guidance, mentoring and support to hundreds of adult males aged 25+ with past and current addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Many are homeless, in crisis, sofa surfing and without a permanent address. The Moses Project provides compassionate support to help clients regain hope and control of their lives and overcome substance misuse.

Each day a hot nutritious meal is provided free of charge cooked by one of our volunteer chefs. Providing the men with a place to eat, to enjoy fellowship with their peers, simply sitting around a table and chatting like any normal family can make a huge difference in their daily routine of no hope. They share their problems, and we listen in a non-judgmental manner and provide the necessary support.

What is the Harvest Festival?

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the harvest and food grown on the land. It is about giving thanks for a successful crop yield over the year as winter starts to approach.

The festival is also about giving thanks for all the good and positive things in our lives such as family and friendships.

Harvest Festival takes place on the Sunday closest to the harvest moon, which is the full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox.

Harvest Festival collections of food used to be very popular at churches and in schools but in recent years the collections are not as big as they used to be, despite the need for food donations increasing, which is why we decided to launch a Food Bank in the centre.

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