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Who benefits

During the Covid-19 crisis, SOFEA is looking to extend its food box services free of charge to vulnerable people, particularly the elderly and financially disadvantaged.

This is being done through a rapid expansion of its Community Larders, both in the Thames Valley and across the South Midlands.

During the current crisis SOFEA are using a variety of community outreach methods to ensure that their food boxes are going to those most in need.


Community Outreach

Social networks – Existing members refer to their friends, family and neighbours. Word of mouth and personal recommendation has helped to build the rapid growth in membership to date.

Community groups and local associations including housing associations and faith groups (churches, mosques and temples).

Local schools (particular targeting families with children on free school meals).

The Primary Care Networks – 19 across Oxfordshire and 6 across Milton Keynes.

Charity partners including: Age UK and Mind as well as local mental health and social charities.

Sector partners including: OCVA; the Oxford Hub; Oxfordshire Community Foundation; Milton Keynes Community Foundation; Housing Associations.

Statutory partners including: Local Children’s Social Services Network; Oxfordshire County Council; Milton Keynes Council.

Social media drive on Facebook and Twitter asking users to tell older people about the Larders.

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