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The Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf has reopened inside the Oxford Community Center!

That means that once again you can choose the foods that are most appropriate for your family.

While we’re in the same spot as before the start of the pandemic, the Food Shelf looks so different! We expanded and thoroughly cleaned the shopping area. It's brighter, spacious and more welcoming.

Many of your favorite volunteers are back!

Our hours are Thursdays, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

For your safety—since we are not quite through the pandemic—all volunteers and all clients, including children over the age of two, are required to wear masks when entering the Food Shelf.

The Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf is a FREE non-profit food pantry in Oxford MA. We are available to every resident in Oxford MA who needs groceries to help feed themselves or their family. Don't let anyone in our town go hungry. Tell them to come to us for food. For info, call us at 508-987-1062 or email us at oxfordfoodshelf@hotmail.com

Oxford Food Shelf Reopens inside the Oxford Community Center - July 24, 2021

posted Nov 13, 2021, 3:31 PM by Susan Avery   [ updated Nov 13, 2021, 4:12 PM ]

We are happy to inform you that the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf plans to reopen inside the Oxford Community Center on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Our volunteers have been working hard to restock our shelves—and expand the shopping area to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

The end result is that once again you will be able to choose the foods that are most appropriate for your own family.

Beginning on the 12th, our hours will be 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For your safety—since we not quite through the pandemic—all volunteers and all clients, including children over the age of two, will be required to wear masks when entering the Food Shelf. 

Another change that you need to be aware of: Also beginning on the 12th, you will be allowed two shopping trips each month. While this is a change from what we’ve been doing (allowing four or five shopping trips each month depending on the number of weeks in the month), allowing two trips each month gives you more opportunity to shop than you had before the pandemic (when you were limited to one shopping trip each month). For now, we will not be assigning you weeks to shop. You may come when it’s convenient for your family. 

We appreciate your patience as we transition back to being a choice food pantry, a model which has benefits for all of us. While the weeks ahead may bring additional changes, we hope that you recognize that each will be made with the health and safety of your family in mind. 


OXFORD ECUMENICAL FOOD SHELF UPDATE - for March 26th, 2020

posted Mar 23, 2020, 6:25 AM by John Kneeland   [ updated Nov 15, 2020, 5:10 AM ]

OXFORD ECUMENICAL FOOD SHELF UPDATE

Beginning Thursday March 26th, and every Thursday after, from 4:00 PM until 7:15 PM the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf will begin providing PRE-BOXED groceries for Oxford residents.  Please note: No one will be allowed inside the Community Center or the Food Shelf for any reason.

Groceries will be pre-boxed by volunteers and brought up to the front door of the Community Center.  Every family will receive the same amount of groceries including USDA items.

·       BEFORE COMING:

·       Clients should make sure there is room in their trunk or rear hatch for a box of food.

·       UPON ARRIVING:

·       Upon arriving at the Community Center cars should line up in an orderly manner.  Everyone MUST remain inside their car.

·       No one will be allowed to stand around outside the building.

·       Upon arriving at the Community Center clients should open their trunk / rear hatch and return inside their car.

·       Clients will be asked their name, address and phone number for our records.  Anyone who is not already a client will                 receive a sign in sheet and envelope to fill out and return to us in the mail.

·       Volunteers will place the box of food into the trunk and the client can leave.

·       SAFETY FIRST:

·       We believe this will allow us to serve as many families as possible while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

For more information or as the situation changes please continue to follow our website at www.oxfordfoodshelf.org , or on Facebook at the “Oxford Residents Forum”, and also on Facebook at “Oxford Ecumenical Council and Food Shelf”.

John Kneeland Jr. - Chairman
Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf

Phone: #508-987-1062

CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS AND FOOD SHELF SAFETY - March 2020

posted Mar 13, 2020, 6:46 AM by John Kneeland

For the health and safety of Food Shelf Clients and volunteers, we are asking anyone who is currently sick, please do not come to the Food Shelf.  Anyone coming in who is sick will be politely asked to leave and instructed to come back when they are healthy.  We apologize for any inconvenience but we all must be cautious at this time.

Thank you,
John Kneeland Jr
Chairman
Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf

Postal Carriers Food Drive - May 2017

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:11 AM by John Kneeland   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 10:13 AM ]

The town of Oxford donated 5,163 lbs of food this year.  Thank you to everyone who donated and who helped sort and store the donations.  These donations will be distributed to Oxford families in need.

Thank you,
John Kneeland Jr.
Chairman

Oxford Dollar Tree Customers Donate to Food Shelf - October 2015

posted Oct 29, 2015, 7:22 AM by John Kneeland

The customers, management and employees of the new Dollar Tree store in Oxford have generously donated 1,115 non-perishable items to the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf.  Our sincere thanks to all the customers, management and staff for the help they provided to us.  This is another local company helping to make the lives of Oxfords families better.  Their donations are already on our shelves being distributed to families in need.

Thank you to everyone for caring and for making a difference in our community,

John Kneeland Jr. - Chairman
Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf


We have moved into the Oxford Community Center - July 5th, 2012

posted Jul 4, 2012, 1:04 PM by John Kneeland   [ updated Jul 5, 2012, 6:28 AM ]

We have just completed moving into the Oxford Community Center.  Our sincerest thanks go to Diane Castelo, Stacy Barr, Richard Donais and the staff of the Oxford Community Center for providing 5 rooms in the lower level of the Community Center as the new home of the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf.

We thank you and the residents of Oxford thank you.

Sincerely,
John Kneeland
Chairman - Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Food Shelf 

The Oxford Food Shelf has been approved to distribute USDA foods - March 2012

posted Jul 4, 2012, 1:03 PM by John Kneeland   [ updated Jul 5, 2012, 6:29 AM ]

The Oxford Food Shelf has been approved to distribute USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) foods.  In addition to the foods already provided by the Food Shelf we now also provide USDA foods to approved families.  The USDA approval process is simple and takes about 5 minutes.  Families do not need to bring any proof of income with them.  To be approved a family is asked if their income level exceeds a federal guideline amount which is based upon the size of the family.   The family answers YES or NO, and it's done. 

John Kneeland
Chairman - Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Food Shelf

36th Annual Oxford Crop Walk (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) - October 2011

posted Jul 2, 2012, 7:22 AM by John Kneeland   [ updated Jul 4, 2012, 12:28 PM ]

Thank you to everyone who donated and everyone who walked in our 36th Crop Walk.  This years event raised $2,503.76 with 25% ($625.94) staying in Oxford for use at the Oxford Food shelf.

John Kneeland
Chairman - Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Food Shelf

Oxford Boy Scout Troop 147 Food Drive - March 2012

posted Apr 1, 2012, 11:43 AM by John Kneeland   [ updated Apr 1, 2012, 11:54 AM ]

Thank you to Oxford Boy Scout Troop 147 and the residents of Oxford.  The Scouts Food Drive collected 1,391 food items for the Oxford Food Shelf.
GREAT JOB ! ! !

Thank you,
John Kneeland
Chairman - Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Food Shelf

Walmart Food Drive - Sept 2011

posted Sep 19, 2011, 7:15 AM by John Kneeland   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 2:57 PM ]

Thank you to all the Walmart customers and associates who donated to the Oxford Food Shelf during our Food Drive on Saturday and Sunday Sept 10th and 11th.  With your help we collected 115 cases of food and $ 931.00 in cash.  These donations will go a long way in helping feed families in Oxford.   This year there are 10% more families coming to us than last year.  The need is great and your help is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
John Kneeland
Chairman - Oxford Ecumenical Council & Oxford Food Shelf

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