Kitchen Collective

Supplying cooked meals to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis

The Kitchen Collective is our programme aimed at supplying cooked meals to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis. While we also deliver food parcels, there is no substitute for a hot meal, and that’s not something everyone can take for granted. 

We are currently producing around 700 meals every week: these go to the elderly, homeless people in temporary accommodation, and children who would normally receive free school meals.  

What are people saying about Kitchen Collective?

“Your gift of hot meals at a time of loneliness and desperation has cheered me up so much. Because it isn’t just the food: the love and kindness that comes with it are helping me so much. When you live entirely alone, you don’t feel strong enough to demand help or company and this is where people fall through the cracks” – Meal recipient

“My health has improved tremendously since I started receiving these meals, thank you ever so much” – Meal recipient

“The food is absolutely amazing… my clients are so grateful to everyone, especially the chefs and delivery drivers.” – Lead Dementia adviser, Dementia Oxfordshire

How can I get meals?

If you or someone you know would like hot meals delivered, please call 07310 160 595 or email kitchencollective@oxfordmutualaid.org.

Meals will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

How can I get involved?

Please email kitchencollective@oxfordmutualaid.org! We are particularly looking for:

  • Preferably food safety certified volunteer chefs who are willing to volunteer one or more evenings per week (particularly Monday and/or Thursday)
    • If you want to volunteer as a chef please fill in this form
  • Food safety certified kitchen spaces for our wonderful chefs
  • Volunteer drivers for regular weekly delivery rounds
  • Vans and coolboxes we could use for transporting meals
  • Bulk donations of reheatable takeaway containers

Buy One, Give One

Inspired by other local businesses making an effort to help others during this difficult time, Lula’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine have launched a ‘Buy One, Give One’ non-profit initiative to support the work of Oxford Mutual Aid. Their customers can buy their favourite items off their weekly menu and make a donation towards the cost of a meal for someone else.

You can read more about their Buy One, Give One initiative here.

As of 30th June, The Wonky Food Co. have also started a Buy One Give One initiative! Buy any of their delicious chutneys (made from food surplus) from their online shop and select “yes” to “Would you like to give one half price?”.

We are so glad that more local food suppliers are helping support the community. If your business would like to get involved, please contact us on kitchencollective@oxfordmutualaid.org.

Learn more

The Kitchen Collective Steps Up (May 31, 2020)

Holidays Without Hunger (June 24, 2020)

Buy One Give One (June 29, 2020)