City Council and Oxford Hub link up with food banks for coronavirus support

Published: Friday, 20th March 2020

Oxford City Council and Oxford Hub are working with Oxford Food Bank and food charity SOFEA to make sure people in greatest need are able to get essentials.

Teams are moving quickly to change the normal service to meet the increased need created by the coronavirus outbreak, including the impact of school closures. The first 50 family boxes are being delivered in Blackbird Leys today, and more locations will be added next week. Priority is being given to existing referrals and new referrals through local charities.

Referrals are currently being taken by local charities that already work with Oxford Food Bank and SOFEA, although new ways of taking referrals are being looked at and will be added shortly. SOFEA and the Oxford Food Bank work with food retailers to redistribute their excess supply.

"Food delivery of essentials to those that need it most is going to be an important part of the coordinated service delivered by our Locality Response Centres and the Oxford Hub. 

“This is going to be especially necessary for children on free school meals who are no-longer going to school and our older population and others who may need to rely on this".

Councillor Marie Tidball, Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities