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Recently SOFEA received a Partner Recognition Certificate from the Illegal Money Lending Team in acknowledgement of the work SOFEA’s done to make Community Larder members aware of loan sharks. Over the course of a week, the Illegal Money Lending Team visited Community Larders in Westcroft, Waterhall and Coffee Hall as well as delivering a presentation […]

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Last Tuesday saw the grand opening of the latest SOFEA Community Larder at the Methodist church on Marlborough Road in Banbury, Oxford. In attendance were representatives from various esteemed entities including officials from Cherwell Council, the Mayor of Banbury, the head of Banbury and Bicester College, local faith leaders as well as SOFEA staff and […]

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We were delighted to be presented with a £1000 donation last week from RWE Didcot Power Station, to support our table tennis team. Following their 2023 victory at the Didcot and District Table Tennis League Handicap Tournament, this donation has enabled the team to purchase shirts and a serving robot to put them through their paces. While […]

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SOFEA’s Trustee Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Joanna Dyson OBE as our new Chair from 1 March 2024. Following a national search campaign last year, working closely with Peridot Partners, SOFEA chose Jo to succeed inaugural Chair Bernard Grenville-Jones as he completes his full term of 9 years. Jo is an experienced […]

SOFEA was founded to enable people to transform their lives meeting two needs – providing education/ employability skills training and supporting those in need through the provision of food. SOFEA, as an independent local charity,  joined the FareShare network in order to access  surplus food from the food industry and distribute it to other charitable […]

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While the cost of living crisis shows no sign of easing, vulnerable people are having to make considerable sacrifices to try and save money how and where they can. The Money Saving Expert (MSE) has assembled an extensive list of money saving techniques, and below, are some we feel SOFEA’s beneficiaries could implement during these […]

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A major new survey of more than 1,200 charities and community groups, which rely on food from FareShare to feed more than 120,000 people at risk of hunger, highlights the dramatic impact the cost of living crisis is having on the most vulnerable families across the UK. FareShare is the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger […]

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Working as part of a new initiative with SOFEA, the Terrance Higgins Trust will provide a plethora of sexual health services to 13-24 year olds through SOFEA’s Community Larder in Milton Keynes. Established in 1982, The Terrance Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity; and working in partnership with the Cambridge […]

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SOFEA’s Community Food Members (CFMs) will receive £10,500 from Tesco stores across the UK that will be used to transport surplus food to vulnerable people throughout the SOFEA network. With special thanks to Bicester (£1,500), Banbury (£1,500), Henley (£500), Maidenhead (£500), Princes Risborough (£1,500), Oxford (£1,500), Aylesbury (£1,500), Reading (£1,500) and Windsor (£500). The purpose […]