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Harvest festival - How you can help others

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The harvest festival is upon us. You might remember being in school, singing hymns (Autumn days come to mind), and a big mural being displayed with different vegetables and canned goods to give away.


What is the Harvest Festival?

Well, the festival takes place at the end of September and marks the end of the harvest season. It is seen as a time to give thanks for the crops that have grown and this dates back to the pagan times. The harvest festival takes place when there is a ‘Harvest Moon’. This is the moon that falls closest to the Autumn Equinox.

The Autumn Equinox is the first day of autumn and is one of two days of the year where there is 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. The Autumn Equinox is celebrated differently around the world. In Wales, Greece and Australia, these countries hold their own traditions.

Keeping up? Good.

Don't waste food

As we set into autumn, we need to think about those who are less fortunate than us. It's also important to keep in mind what food we use and waste. There are many people in the UK who are in need of food for their families. It's important that we don’t waste our own food. According to ‘LoveFoodHateWaste’, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year and this costs £12.5 billion.

The makers of LoveFoodHateWaste have a range of advice and recipes on how you can make the most of your leftovers. Check out what you can save here


It’s not just the elderly or the sick who are in need. It could be your neighbours, friends or relatives. Rising food and fuel prices are just a couple of the reasons why more people are going to foodbanks to collect much needed food. The Trussel Trust talk about how foodbanks are becoming more in demand in society.

If you would like to donate to your local foodbank, you need a shopping list. Tinned goods, rice, sugar and cereals are good. If you have some spare pennies, think about buying an extra tin or can in your shop and donate it to your local foodbank.

You can find a list of what you can donate here.

If you’re in need of a foodbank, there are some things you need to consider. Some services may be limited to the amount of food they can provide to you and how often you can attend. You may also need to fill out some forms and provide identification when you arrive. In some cases, you may need a voucher from your support worker in order to use a foodbank.

If you’re in need of emergency food, speak to your local council to see what services are available to you. Find your local council here. To find a foodbank near you, click here.

Bob Pritchard, a Bromford customer, used a foodbank in his time of need. In this video, he talks about his experiences and how he now donates to his local foodbank:

Managing your money

If money is tight, have you looked at using a budget planner? A budget planner can help you to see where your money is coming and going. This can help you to see what you cut back on and save money. You can access our budget planner along with a advice and information on money saving tips and getting the most out of your money with Your Money.

Check out our budget planner and money saving tips here.

Bob Pritchard, a Bromford customer, used a foodbank in his time of need. In this video, he talks about his experiences and how he now donates to his local foodbank.

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