Oxford Food Bank volunteers, suppliers and friends gathered on 29th September to celebrate 10 years of preventing food waste in Oxfordshire. We had an open day at our warehouse base and a party at neighbouring brewery Tap Social, with food provided by the wonderful Waste2Taste.
To celebrate 10 years, some of the more energetic volunteers also took part in a 10k walk, taking in Harcourt Hill, Chilswell Valley and South Hinksey. In spite of the weather, walkers said it was a good opportunity to get together and chat – and some also took the opportunity to raise sponsorship for the Food Bank.
Volunteers and representatives of charities took the opportunity to celebrate what Oxford Food Bank has achieved over the past ten years. Volunteer Jude Carroll shared anecdotes about volunteers’ favourite moments, which included Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace, the charity receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018, many tales about weird and wonderful vegetables, van-whisperers, and the endless supply of bananas and lemon curd.
Visitors included Vice Lord Lieutenant Brian Buchan, who celebrated Oxford Food Bank’s contribution to the community. We also had a journalist from the Oxford Mail – see their full article here. Everyone raised a glass to toast 10 fantastic years, and to look forward to many productive years ahead.