We hope that you have had some time of rest and relaxation over the summer, along with events and opportunities to build community.  Here at Good Food Oxfordshire, 2 new members of staff and 3 Directors have joined the team during August, so we are taking time to get to know one another and look at our priorities for the autumn. 

We have a few time-specific items to share with you before the next issue of the Community Food Newsletter comes out in mid-late September -
  1. Do you have any news to celebrate?  Can we promote any events or jobs happening in the autumn?  Please forward any items for the next CFN Newsletter to Rachel
  2. Oxfordshire County Council are offering free safety checks for electric blankets, one date for each District ... I know, I know, we have just come out of a heatwave and it's still summer!  More details
  3. OX4 Food Crew have two job opportunities - deadline for applications 4th September 2022.  Waste2Taste are looking for a lead Chef, deadline is Monday.  
  4. Oxfordshire Community Foundation are hosting a webinar: Tackling health inequalities on Wednesday 21st September at 2 pm. Register here
  5. The WISH project are making plans for some gleaning opportunities around Harvest and into the autumn. 
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Upcoming webinar: Tackling health inequalities in Oxfordshire

Please join us at our next webinar on Wednesday 21st September at 2 pm, where we will explore how the public and charitable sectors are improving mental and physical health in Oxfordshire.

COVID-19 has presented our society with a public health challenge not seen in most of our lifetimes. The public and charitable sectors have had to work in new ways, despite already being focused on longstanding health inequalities that make life harder for people in disadvantaged communities.

What are the priorities of statutory funders now, and why have they chosen to work through community foundations to get funds where they are most needed?

At this webinar we will hear from representatives of Public Health Oxfordshire and the County Council, as well as charitable organisations working at the grassroots to improve physical and mental health in innovative and inspiring ways.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now on Eventbrite

The OX4 Food Crew are recruiting....

Thanks to a successful multi year Reaching Communities National Lottery Bid, the OX4 Food Crew is currently recruiting for two key posts that will work on behalf of the partnership for the next 1-3 years.

Partnership Coordinator
Job Purpose:  The Project Coordinator role is central to the operation of the OX4 Food Crew partnership and crucial for the successful delivery of our three year building resilience project. The coordinator will have central oversight and ensure the smooth operation of all partnership activity, manage key partnership responsibilities and act as a representative for the partnership. This post will work closely with all 9 organisations, as well as our Community Fundraiser and other key stakeholders, to develop and deliver our work together over the next three years.  

£25,688 pro rata
Hours: 22.5 hours per week (0.6 FTE)
Find out more and apply by 4th September 2022. Visit

Find job spec and further details here

Community Fundraiser 
Job Purpose:  The Community Fundraiser role is a vital role that is essential for partnership to achieve it’s ambitious delivery plans over the next three years. The community fundraiser will work closely with all 9 organisations involved with the partnership, assisting these groups to raise essential funds for both new and existing food delivery projects. Day to day work will include raising funds through a number of channels (grant applications, fundraising events, individual giving campaigns) as well help organisations their own / partnership fundraising strategy. 

Salary: £25,688 pro rata
Hours: 22.5 hours per week (0.6 FTE)
Find out more and apply by 4th September 2022. Visit

Find job spec and further details here

The WISH project are making plans for some gleaning opportunities around Harvest and into the autumn. 

The team at WISH are even now contacting local farms and allotments to see if volunteers from community food services can glean crops remaining in fields or orchards after the harvest.

They are hoping to bring on board local producers (e.g., businesses that make chutneys, fruit juices) who would give a percentage of the produce/sales back to the community food services.  Any remaining fruit and veg would go to the CFN to boost their fresh produce. 

If you have a team of interested volunteers, please be in contact with Rachel who will put you in contact with a farm or allotment local to you.  If you already have links with a farm/allotment, perhaps you could contact them and see if they would be willing to let you glean.  Let us know how you get on.

A list of farms, dates and times have yet to be finalised - so watch this space.

Waste to Taste CIC are also recruiting ...

Are you passionate about healthy food, sustainable cooking, people, and Community? Do you want to work in a friendly environment with sociable hours?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking, reliable, and experienced Chef, to join our team as Lead Chef to support with our café and catering service. The perfect candidate will be someone who can confidently lead our kitchen.

The successful applicant should have at least two years’ kitchen experience, Level 2 Food Hygiene, and some experience of catering for large numbers. A passion for healthy eating, a willingness to learn and ability to work calmly under pressure.

Hours: 30 hours per week – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.30pm (possible additional hrs)

Salary: £13.50 per hour

Complementary lunch when working.

Closing date for applications:  next Monday, 22nd August. 

Further details here
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