Community support

4th June 2020

News, Alumni news

Enabling community larders and distributing food to those in need, Wadham alumna Stephanie Hall has been working with Oxford Together since lockdown began back in March.

  • Distributing food parcels

    Food parcels from Blenheim Palace are distributed through Oxford Together

Oxford Together is Oxford Hub's volunteer programme helping those in need during Covid-19, working in collaboration with Oxford City Council and other local aid groups.

Steph’s (Experimental Psychology, 2012) focus is on enabling food distribution within the city – matching surplus with need. She concentrates mainly on expanding the reach of community larder food deliveries, which have increased from 140 to 1400+ boxes each week. She is also establishing partnerships with hot food providers alongside a network of regular volunteers delivering hot meals across the city each week, as well as helping to understand how best to support these communities going forward. 

“It’s been brilliant to be able to help in a really effective, sustainable and coordinated way with such a worthwhile project.  Community building seems to be at the heart of what we should be thinking about right now. I feel inspired by everyone working so hard to make it work every day- it’s a real team effort,” she said. 

Food is provided by a network of community partners, including SOFEA, Ark-T, Waste2Taste, Flo’s – The Place in the Park, The Plough38 and Blenheim Palace. The response to the scheme has been positive. 

One recipient comments: “Thank you so much for the weekly food parcel I receive as a shielded person. I do not use every item in the very generous box of goodies but, as I live in a retirement block, I put any items I cannot use in the common area for other residents to collect. It is very much appreciated as no-one here is well off and it ensures that nothing is wasted…apart from the food value, receiving the parcel makes me feel cared about and remembered when my family members are far away and unable to visit.” 

Volunteers are welcome to join Oxford Together at the link below.