About Us

About Us

 

 

SOFEA was founded in 2014 to serve the needs of families in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Our vision is to supply local charities with fresh, nutritional produce and to provide training for those disadvantaged in the labour market.

Our training programmes help people of all ages develop the skills they need to move into meaningful, paid employment. SOFEA also receives surplus food from local retailers and redistribute it to organisations which feed people who might otherwise go hungry.

When we opened our doors, we started serving the community with only one staff member, 6 volunteers and 25 trainees. It’s exciting how fast things have changed!

Some of our proudest achievements are:2015 BACAs Winner

  • Supporting over 120 young people to complete training programmes
  • Helping over 130 people, including trainees, volunteers and long-term unemployed people to gain qualifications
  • Winning Didcot First’s Business and Community Award 2015
  • Being shortlisted in the Didcot First Business & Community Awards (BACAs) three years running!
  • Providing training that led to over 25 people gaining their forklift licences
  • Working with 100 charities across the Thames Valley
  • Shipping over 500 tonnes of rescued food
  • Achieving a gold rating for our warehouse in our external audit
  • Providing over 1 million meals for eaters as diverse as homeless people, children at breakfast clubs, and elderly/disabled people at care groups
  • A visit from the Cabinet Office (with 120 people for the launch of Access: The Social Investment Fund)
  • Winning support and funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Getting support from Didcot Town Council, Didcot Rotary Club, Vale of White Horse District Council, the European Union
  • Winning funding from private trusts
  • Working with a dozen local business to create opportunities for employment, including our own employment agency – Futures Placed
  • Coordinating with six local schools to provide an alternative for some of their vulnerable students
  • Running Arts, Land Based and IT programmes
  • Having employed 13 people, 1 apprentice and 10 with disabilities with the help of the Shaw Trust