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Welcome to the fifth Community Food Newsletter. In this issue ...
  • Who are the 4 lucky prize draw winners? 
  • New grant funding announced.
  • Eating Well for Less - what you need to know.
  • Second hand commercial freezer available for free

New cost-of-living grant funding


Cost-of-living grants aim to meet the immediate needs of the crisis, develop more personalised and specialist support, and promote a more connected local charitable network. These grants are funded by OCF and Oxfordshire County Council and will also be supported through a dedicated fundraising appeal.  

Amounts available: £500 - £10,000

Group annual income: Under £2,000,000

Type of cost: Ongoing running costs, including full cost recovery, project, capital and promotional costs

Closing date: Monday 17th October 2022

More details here

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The ninth annual Oxfordshire Pumpkin Festival will take place from Friday 21st October to Sunday 6th November 2022.
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Who are the four lucky prize draw winners?

Thank you to those who have given feedback on the progress of their Food Poverty Action Plan pledge.  We have received 18 responses from a possible 41 groups who completed pledges in 2021. 

As promised, there are four lucky winners who will each receive a £25.00 voucher to spend at their choice of the Oxford Community Action pop-up kitchen at Flo’s Place in the Park/ Climatarian Kitchen at Cherwell Collective/ or another community café of your choice.  

If you have not yet given feedback, 1 further prize draw voucher is on offer.  We will make the draw at the end of October.  

The winners are: Banbury Mosque (Cherwell District); The Berin Centre (South Oxfordshire District); Food for Charities, Botley Bikers (Oxford City) and Iraqi Woman and War (Countywide).

We will be in contact with the winners to arrange handover of the prize.
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Training guide for those working with surplus food 

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership have created this handy training guide containing videos, downloads and resources for managers and coaches working in the food surplus sector and include topics such as food safety, well being and mentoring.  

Free freezer available

Bicester Food Bank no longer need their double door commercial freezer.  It is going free to anyone who is able to collect.  Contact Emma if you are interested for more details. 

Budget recipes and advice from  Food

The BBC have put together advice on how to reduce fuel and food costs, offering recipes for £1 per portion and recipes using more efficient forms of cooking including slow cooker, microwave and air fryer recipes.  Take a look 
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Community First Oxfordshire and OCVA have asked us to share their report on supporting communities thorugh the Covid-19 fund with our CFN network.  
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