We are founding members of the OX4 Food Crew partnership which is on a mission to ensure that everyone in OX4 has enough food, is well nourished and can thrive. This partnership of 9 grassroots organisations delivered 35,000 emergency meal parcels, over 17,000 hot cooked meals, cooking courses, and community meals in OX4. Working in partnership is hugely important for all the organisations—together we are better resourced, and can share knowledge and information about needs in the community. You can also self-refer to receive meals, and you can volunteer too! Head over to their website to find out more.
At Flo’s we also run community meals every Monday (on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis) everyone is welcome!
We are also working to partner with and support the incubation of new, diversity led social enterprises that are run by people who might otherwise face barriers to setting up their own food based social enterprise. Through our social enterprise support programme we have supported the setting up of No Vice Ice and Damascus Rose Kitchen.
We are currently working alongside Oxford Community Action to support their new social enterprise, OCA Kitchen.
Oxford Community Action is a multi ethnic community group working in OX4 running children and youth activities, providing 320 families a week with emergency food parcels and leading on community research. Their community work is open to everyone, but in particular their aim is to support Black & minoritized people to tackle and overcome barriers created by structural inequalities. You can read more about their work here. OCA are looking for new ways to sustain and support their community. As such they are launching the OCA Kitchen—a new social enterprise serving food from a different nation every week—all cooked by local chefs. We look forward to tasting delicious dishes from Nigeria, Jamaica, Iraq, Malaysia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Somalia and Morocco. 100% of profits got to the community work they do. Join us every Thursday and Friday from 5:30-8pm at Flo’s Cafe. For more information, head over to our Events page.