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Welcome to Oxford CEF

CEF stands for Community Emergency Foodbank

Emergency changes to the running of the Community Emergency Foodbank (CEF) - 19 March 2020

Video 1: changes to how you will get your food

Video 2: information for referring agencies

CEF Trustees have made essential changes to the running of CEF.

Our clear priority is to maintain the service whilst ensuring the safety of our volunteers and clients of CEF.

Therefore, we have agreed that it is no longer appropriate for people to collect food from our 3 sites at St Francis Church, Holloway; Barton Neighbourhood Centre and Littlemore Baptist Church.

So from Monday 23 March 2020, we will close these CEF distribution sites.

We propose to resume the service on Thursday April 2 by way of a delivery service to people who have been referred to us.

The details of this system will be publicised shortly.

In the meantime we thank our donors for their great loyalty and generosity and our great team of volunteers for their tireless work.

In 2019/20 we distributed over 3000 food parcels: we expect to do the same in 2020/1.

Please note we still need donations of food.

Yours sincerely

Jane Benyon

CEF founder

Why do we need a Food Bank?

Despite our Welfare system in this country many thousands of people still go hungry through debt, sickness, sudden job loss, addiction, marriage breakdown, or simply delays in receiving benefit.

A number of similar projects which have started up in cities all over the country have been amazed to discover this well hidden poverty right in their midst.

In 2018 CEF fed 1759 adults and 906 kids, that's 2,665 people in total

Jane's Walk

Once again CEF Founder Jane Benyon is doing a sponsored walk for CEF, this time from Canterbury to Oxford. Read all about it here.

Radio Oxford Interview

Here is an interview with Jane Benyon, CEF founder, that appeared on Radio Oxford in summer 2012:

From our feedback box:

Friendly and welcoming. Explained the service well and with a smile. You do amazing work, keep it up
Thank you for everything you do it really does help alot. I'm glad there are people still like you about. Thank you so much.


"At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality”

St Paul,
2nd letter to the Corinthians



Please contact Jane Benyon
The Community Emergency Food Bank - Registered Charity No 1153907
Patrons: The Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford and The Revd Canon Geoff Baylis, Vicar of St James and St Francis Churches, Oxford

Supported by


Johnny Oxford - trade show magician
London magician Johnny Oxford