10 February 2020

The Revd Tom Murray, curate at St Andrew’s Church Oxford and Cutteslowe Connected, spoke to BBC Oxford yesterday about the Cutteslowe Community Larder,  a weekly food event based in Cutteslowe for members of the charity SOFEA.

The Cutteslowe Community Larder obtains food from SOFEA in partnership with FareShare, who rescue (from suppliers/supermarkets) and re-distribute hundreds of tonnes of food surplus each year, supporting families in need while reducing food waste. The Cutteslowe Community larder is run by volunteers and is a partnership between Cutteslowe Connected Church, SOFEA and Cutteslowe Community Association.

Tom says,

“The vision for this larder is that it will grow from just being a food larder, increasingly offering more ‘wrap around’ services in order to grow a sense of community and to support the local community. Current wrap around services include; support for home schooling and local council support workers and Play:Full, a recipe bag scheme to encourage healthy eating.”

The Cutteslowe Community Larder seeks to provide food to the community at low or no cost, in order to combat food poverty and to reduce food waste.  Membership is open to anyone and is in no way means tested.   Members pay a monthly fee via direct debit and will come to the larder weekly to select the food that they would like. A single membership is £3.50 per week for 10 items plus fruit and vegetable and a family membership is £7 per week for 20 items plus fruit and vegetables.

Tom concludes,

“Where possible we are trying to work on a non-delivery basis. If people require deliveries, then we are working hard to try and link those in need with neighbours who are able to pick up their parcels for them. In our experience this has been good in growing local community, without the need for a designated delivery team.”

Find out how you can support the larder.