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A short film about Asylum Welcome's Food Bank

Why do we run this service?

Asylum Welcome believes that it is morally wrong for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK to go hungry. We regularly see people who can benefit from extra fresh and packaged food that they can cook themselves. A free, hot, freshly cooked meal provides comfort and is a great demonstration of the spirit of welcome.

Who is this for?

Hot meals are available for all asylum seekers and refugees who use our services.

Fresh and packaged food and toiletries are available in a weekly food parcel for people in more urgent need. This is assessed by our advice team.

How to find out more

Fresh and packaged food is available from our Welcome Centre.

We are always glad to receive donations of packaged food.

Hot lunches are available from Magdalen Road church, across the road from our offices.

What does the service offer?

  • A variety of fresh produce – fruit, vegetables, dairy and bakery, (depending on availability) is delivered by the Oxford Foodbank on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings. 
  • A variety of packaged food. Most of it is basic essentials such as cooking oil, milk, sugar rice etc. but depending on what is donated to us, we can have available more unusual items.
  • Every Wednesday at 1.15pm a freshly- cooked hot meal including halal meat, a vegetarian alternative and salad.

A short film about Asylum Welcome's Lunch Club

Who are our partners?

This service would not be possible without bountiful supplies, four days a week, from the Oxford Foodbank.

We are also very grateful to the many individuals and local groups in Oxford that bring us bags of packaged food donations.

We are grateful for the use of a kitchen at Magdalen Road Church to prepare the hot meals.

We also work closely with Open Door, which provides a freshly cooked hot meal for asylum seekers and refugees every Thursday.