HARLOW Boxes of hope

HHLC are committed to supporting families who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID19 outbreak. We are delighted to be working with a variety of partner agencies to be offering a special 'Boxes of Hope' to be delivered direct to the doors of families living within the District of Harlow, funded by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs via Active Essex and Rainbow Services.

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How does HARLOW box of hope work?

How do i get a box of hope?

Boxes of Hope are available to families who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID 19 outbreak.


The hardship might be a result of reduced income due to be furloughed or having working hours cuts, job losses, bereavement/illness, family breakdown or many other reasons.

If you are not experiencing hardship but would still like to receive a box (or if you live outside Harlow), they are available to purchase - just contact resource@rbf.org.uk with your request and we would be happy to help. 

How do i show i've been financially affected by Covid19?

We understand that there is no 'one size fits all' criteria as COVID19 has affected every family differently. When you order your box, you will be asked to either provide copies of document(s) relating to your current situation or, where you do not yet have anything in writing, to briefly 'tell us your story' on the order form just so we can ensure the boxes reach those most in need.

Please note that free boxes are limited to one per household per week

(up to a maximum of four boxes in total) to ensure we can support as many families as possible

HOW CAN I support box of hope?

If you would like make a donation to ensure more families can receive boxes, click here to make to a gift to RBF who are coordinating the scheme on behalf of HHLC.


Please tick the box to add Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer and also tick to say you are happy for your details to be shared with RBF so we can ensure your donation reaches exactly the part of Epping Forest Boxes of Hope that you want it to.​

If you would like to volunteer with helping to pack or deliver the boxes, we would love to hear from you! Drop us an email at resource@rbf.org.uk and we look forward to welcoming you to our team!

Homebox HARLOW

HomeBoxes for Epping Forest contain a variety of staple groceries to support family life, including tinned foods, tea/coffee, cereal, rice, pasta, toiletries and cleaning supplies plus sanitary & baby products (where required). Everything you need for a happy, safe and well stocked household.

Perfect for families for whom affording the weekly shop at the moment is a challenge because of how COVID19 has affected them.


LunchBox is a great opportunity for families to enjoy learning new skills together as they make simple, easy meals that they create again time and time again using the enclosed recipe cards.

Each Box contains the key fresh and tinned ingredients to create a meal for a family to enjoy together and a recipe card to allow them make the meal again in the future.

These boxes are great for families where maybe affording the basic weekly shop is going OK, but buying fresh ingredients to cook from scratch is more difficult.


We know that having a new baby during the COVID19 outbreak is even more challenging than welcoming a new life into the world is normally.


BabyBoxes are designed for families who are awaiting an immanent new arrival or where baby is 0-2 months old, and contain a wide variety of 'starter' items like baby clothes, infant formula, nappies, a change mat and more to support families to give their little one the best start possible.

Harlow Boxes of Hope is made possible through partnership...

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and the generous support of our funders...


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