Harvest Appeal 2019

Harvest Appeal 2019

Harvest has always been a celebration of food and life, and each autumn, when we launch our Harvest appeal, we aim to support anyone who is facing extreme hardship or homelessness over the winter months.

We do this by asking for your generosity and donated food.

Food donations from Harvest allow us to provide food parcels to individuals and families who need our help. In the colder months, when many families are forced to make the very real choice between heating their homes and feeding their children, we are able to ensure that their hunger is stilled.

These food donations also allow us to make and serve hot meals at our Street Alternatives project. Four times a week, anyone who is sleeping rough or does not have access to cooking facilities, can come to us to use our laundry facilities, have a shower and eat a three course home cooked meal. We served over 5,400 hot meals last year, and provided security, shelter and warmth to many in need.

For us, harvest is about cans, cup a soups and jars of sauce. It is a time when we throw open our doors to you, and your donations, and stockpile.

With your help during Harvest, we can safeguard our services and protect our service users. We can prepare for the winter and, come December, warm cold hands and settle rumbling stomachs.

We can honour the traditions of haerfest past, of community supporting community, of food in all its simple splendour, and lives lived and saved.

We may not have crops to collect, but there will be cans to sort and many mouths to feed.

Get involved

This Harvest we would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Fresh/Tinned fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh/Tinned potatoes
  • Fresh/Tinned meat
  • Tinned and cup soups
  • Tinned pasta (ravioli, macaroni, etc)
  • Tinned puddings
  • Baked beans
  • Instant and pot noodles
  • Tinned fish
  • Pasta sauce
  • Porridge and cereals
  • Biscuits and cereal bars
  • Tea bags, coffee, hot chocolate

In addition we also give out toiletry packs and always appreciate donations of shampoo, shower gel, shaving foam, razors and deodorant.

Donations can be dropped off at our office at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SD. We’re open Monday - Thursday from 9.00am-5.00pm and on Fridays from 9.00am-4.00pm.

If you have any questions about our Harvest Appeal or if you would like to organise a collection with your school, community group or church, please contact Kate at kate.loades@aberdeen-cyrenians.org or 01224 625732. We would also be happy to come and speak to your group, don’t hesitate to get in touch to organise a suitable time.