Oxford Food Bank is a volunteer-led charity of over 100 individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Together we clock up 15,000 volunteering hours and keep 400-500 tons of fresh produce from going to waste each year!
What do Oxford Food Bank Volunteers do?
- Drivers and Helpers who pick up food from suppliers and deliver it to charities. Seven days a week our volunteers drive around Oxford and neighbouring towns carrying out this function. It is at the core of what we do, distributing much-needed food to charities who feed their clients. There are several shifts each weekday, in the mornings and afternoons, plus two shifts on Saturday and Sunday. Each shift takes about three hours and it does involve some physical effort (e.g. lifting large boxes and sacks of food). Drivers must be at least 25 years old, have a clean driving licence and be comfortable with the idea of driving a delivery van (Ford Transit or similar in size).
- Working as a ‘Base Co-ordinator’ on site at our Botley base. These individuals carry out the very important functions of cleaning all areas of the base, controlling our food stock, carrying out various checks and generally ensuring that we are operating in line with all of the relevant food handling and hygiene regulations. During weekdays there is one three-hour shift in the morning and another in the afternoon, whilst at weekends there is a morning shift on Sundays.
- Behind the scenes we also have a small number of individuals working as Trustees or carrying out various other administrative tasks such as publicity and fundraising. We would expect individuals who wanted to take on one of these roles to experience our operations by volunteering as a Driver/Helper or Base Co-ordinator first.
Watch the video below to see what our volunteers have to say about working with the Oxford Food Bank.