BBC ESSEX 'Make a Difference Award 2022' winners

Our community surplus hubs offering free food, home essentials, clothes and toys to anyone who needs with.

Without assessment or referral.

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of 3SocialMemoryCafe4U a new FREE monthly community service open to anyone who would like to socialise.
We’re offering FREE NHS Health Checks, Blood Pressure and BMI checks to people who aren’t eligible for an NHS Health Check.
We support people in the community and at work with a range of health, wellbeing and day-to-day needs.
Job Club. We can support with: CVs, Application Forms, Interview Preparation, Basic Computer Skills and more.
FREE online training courses to build confidence and ability to work with numbers in everyday practical situations.

180,000 meals provided in 2022

12,200 people fed in 2022

1500 tonnes of surplus food saved in 2022

48% increase
on the previous year

Treating people humanely with dignity and respect

We are community surplus hubs offering free food, home essentials, clothes, toys without assessment or referral to anyone that needs it.

Our Hub Locations


Waltham Abbey

Monday & Friday 11:30am to 1:00pm

13 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1ER


Tuesday 11:30am to 1:00pm

Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, IG10 4NX

Tottenham SDA

Tuesday 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Saturday 3:30pm-5:00pm

235-255 W Green Rd, London N15 5EG

Chigwell Row

Wednesday 5:00pm to 6:30pm

All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road, Chigwell Row, IG7 4QD

Chipping Ongar

Thursday 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Zinc Arts Centre

High Street, Chipping Ongar, CM5 0AD

Bruce Grove

Sunday 12:00pm to 1:30pm


454A High Road Bruce Grove, London N17 9JD


1st Monday of the month


All Saints Church Hall
Romford Rd, Chigwell Row, Chigwell IG7 4QD

3rd Wednesday of the month


St James’ Church Hall, Ongar CM5 9EL

2nd Thursday of the month

Loughton Club, 8 Station Road IG10 4NX

Last Fri of the month


Waltham Abbey Baptist Church, Paradise Road, EN9 1RL

Free NHS Health Check

1st Tuesday of the month

10-2pm Loughton Hub

1st Thursday of the month

11-3pm Ongar Hub

2nd Mon & Fri of the month

10-1pm Waltham Abbey Hub

Job Club

Every Tuesday

11-12:30pm Loughton Hub

How You Can Help

Donate food

We are always looking for non-perishable food donations

3food4u is run entirely by volunteers. Can you join our team?

To donate visit our fundraising page


If you know someone in need, or know someone who can help, please share us

About us

Run entirely by volunteers we are charity community hub that provides basic groceries and essentials to those in need. Treating people humanely with dignity and respect without the need for assessment or referral.


01992 842 642

Mobile / Whatsapp

07973 166940

Charity No.


We have community hubs in

♥ Waltham Abbey
Mon/Fri 11:30-1:00

♥ Loughton
Tue 11:30-1:00

♥ Chigwell Row
Wed 5:00-6:30

♥ Chipping Ongar
Thur 1:00-2:30

Make A Real Change In Someone’s Life

Donate, Volunteer, Spread the word. Join us on this incredible journey to treat people humanely with the dignity and respect that everyone deserves.

"Thank you again for the help it was really great."

Ms M

"Really friendly welcoming staff. Very helpful, great with kids. Fantastic options even at the end of the day. No judgement."

Mrs K

"First time I've done this...bit apprehensive. Thought it was made painless by friendly attitude of staff."

Mr J

"This place is amazing, best emergency food support I've visited.'"

Ms L

"Fantastic resource set up locally in Waltham Abbey - food to all without question ! amazing job x"


"Well done on all your hard work and we are pleased we could support you."

Essex Community Foundation

"You guys are all amazing at 3food4u, so welcoming and kind."


"Thank you all for your kind work that you do God bless you all "


"Incredible facility you provide"


"You all do an amazing job"


"Always love visiting with my son and daughter! The people are so welcoming , and the guy who I spoke to today was really funny!"


"We are please that Loughton Town Council has been able to support your project "

Loughton Town Council

"...the fact u never feel shamed or embarrassed to attend and always welcome no matter who u are is a nice feeling"


We received this message at 23.24pm on Wed 7th April from Michelle, which we replied immediately.

Michelle: Hi we are on benefits & we have a autistic adult son, we are finding it really hard at the moment, I was wondering if we are able to get help with food & clothes.

3food4u: Hello Michelle, I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. You are very welcome to come to any one of our hubs, you don’t need any ID or proof, and take whatever you need. It’s all very easy just like going shopping. Come early as there are queues.

Michelle: I’ve got to take my mum for her covid injection today, so was hoping to go to you tomorrow, I’m very nervous. But I saw on Facebook how lovely & friendly the people are & the people make you very welcome x

Michelle visited us on Friday, this is her experience after.

“I’ve used food banks before but never felt comfortable but when I went to your food bank everyone was so friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend you to anyone who’s struggling right now. What made it more special was the personal touch and none of the volunteers were judgemental as it seems to be from other food banks. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with everyone at the Waltham Abbey branch so I’d just like to say thank you to everyone involved.”


Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors

Bondi Foundation

Zinc Art Centre



All Saints Church,

Chigwell Row

Joseph and Lilian Sully Foundation

Joseph and Lilian Sully Foundation

Ongar Parish Church

Baptist Church, Waltham Abbey

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