As Autumn comes round once again we are beginning preparations for this year’s Harvest Festival.
This annual event has traditionally been a celebration of food grown on the land, where individuals, churches, schools and businesses come together to recognise a bountiful harvest. However in recent years this festival has taken on an important role in helping orgnaisations like ourselves provide meals to those who would otherwise go without.
This year in particular has seen an ongoing rise in the number of people accessing our services as the impact of welfare reforms and the drop in oil prices continues to be felt across the north-east.
Through our Drop In service we are now giving out approximately 150 food parcels each month, this is a 50% increase on the number we handed out each month last year. We also prepare and provide around 140 meals each week through out Street Alternatives service, which runs four days per week to those who are sleeping rough or who do not have access to cooking facilities.
We anticipate demand for these services to increase as we go into the autumn and winter months and we rely on food donations to keep our services running.
As part of this year’s Harvest Festival we would like to ask individuals, businesses, schools, churches and community groups to organise a food collection or donate some items to support some of the north-east’s most vulnerable people. Tinned and dried items are ideal donations as they have a long shelf life and can be easily stored until they are needed; however we can also make use of fresh items like fruit, vegetables and meat.
If you would like to learn more about the work of Aberdeen Cyrenians and how food donations are used, we would be delighted to welcome you to one of our information sessions at 62 Summer Street. Please contact 01224 625732 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.