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How does it Work?

  • Food is collected from churches, schools, and other interested organisations.
  • Each parcel contains enough nutritionally balanced food for three days. All food is non – perishable (ie. no fresh fruit, frozen foods etc).
  • Most of the items are stored in a local warehouse which has been checked by the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Those in need of help are referred by GPs, Health visitors, CAB, clergy, Community Workers etc – any professionals who are likely to come into contact with people in real need. For a full list of referring bodies, pleae see below. Unfortunately it is not possible to self-refer.
  • C.E.F. runs 3 sessions a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tea, coffee and snacks are on offer at the centres. There is also the opportunity to talk to someone if people feel they would like this before collecting their provisions
  • The aim is to help people through a crisis and so there is a limit of about three parcel collections per person/family in any 12 month period.
  • We are pleased to announce that every Tuesday we have a representative from Crisis Oxford and on Fridays we have a representative from the Citizen Advice Bureau giving practical advice and support to people coming for food.

Note We are only able to help those who have access to cooking facilities.

Referring agencies

  • All Social services depts.
  • All Health centres/Surgeries
  • Oxford City Council Support workers
  • Thames Valley Police/Probation
  • Housing Associations
  • Charities working with vulnerable people
  • Crisis Teams
  • Children Centres
  • Asylum Welcome/Refugee support groups.
  • Homeless support workers/charities
  • Job Centre plus
  • Employment training schemes
  • Sheltered Housing schemes
  • School Welfare Officers
  • Advice Centres
  • Churches.

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

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