Oxford Food Hub has launched its 2023 winter appeal as demand grows from communities and charities for support this Christmas.
Food poverty is hitting families hard this winter and, at the same time, running costs for charities and community projects have increased significantly. Oxford Food Hub’s winter donation appeal has been launched to ensure charities on the ground are able to continue to support all those who need help this Christmas.
The number of charities and groups - such as homeless hostels, hospices, children’s centres, warm spaces, and food banks - registering to receive free food has increased from 160 to 202 over the past two years as more families and individuals are seeking food support. Providing free food to community groups means they have more money available to cover their running costs and services.
Oxford Food Hub's mission is both to reduce food waste and the associated carbon emissions and to alleviate food poverty.
Over the last 12 months, 96 dedicated volunteers have rescued 518 tonnes of surplus food, reducing food waste and sharing this with the local community. However, running costs have increased, in particular rising energy prices, with electricity usage fundamental to the powering of freezers and electric vehicles.
Emily Smith, Chief Executive of the Oxford Food Hub said:
“I thank our incredible team of volunteers at the Oxford Food Hub, who collect, sort, and deliver surplus food, six days a week, all year round. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on their generosity alone, and the overhead costs associated with running our vital support service have increased.
“We have launched our winter appeal to encourage our generous community to donate whatever they are able this Christmas to keep our vans on the road and help us get surplus food to where it is most needed across Oxfordshire. You can donate now at www.oxfordfoodhub.org/donate
“Oxford Food Hub are also accepting donations of food to distribute. Whether you are an individual, a business owner, or a charity, if you have any surplus supplies or long-life food to donate please get in touch with us at email@example.com or on 01865 236420, and give your grub to the Hub!”