A FOOD bank is now making home deliveries while it looks for a permanent location.
Bicester Foodbank manager Janet Ray has said she will run the service, which helps hundreds of people in the town, from the back of her car if she needs to.
As reported in the Oxford Mail earlier this month, the food bank had been running from a property in Minton Place, Victoria Road, since December.
Mrs Ray said Minton Group, which owns the building, had allowed the food bank to operate from the location free of charge for an initial six months. But she said the owner decided to let out the premises to a commercial business and the charity couldn’t afford the cost.
Staff were yesterday clearing out.
They will now only be able to run just one day a week, instead of the previous five, from a temporary base at Bicester Early Intervention Hub at The Courtyard Youth Arts Centre in Launton Road.
Mrs Ray, who has run the food bank for seven-and-a-half years, is making home deliveries in the meantime and the charity has applied to use a property in Market Place as a permanent location.
As reported in the Mail, it is waiting to hear from Cherwell District Council whether it will agree the move.
Mrs Ray set up the charity in 2006 and last year gave food to about 2,500 people referred to it by doctors and other services. She said the food bank is a vital lifeline for many and added: “If necessary I will run it from the back of my car.
“I will not see people going hungry or without food.”
Ashley Bourne, head of property at the Minton Group, said the charity had stayed for an extra two months informally.
He said: “Minton told them it was not a long-term thing but we did extend their time there two or three times because we did not need it back immediately. There was a prior agreement with a member of the food bank that they would move on Friday after being given 10 days notice. We were being charitable.”
The charity decided to move from Victoria Road after being told it would have to start paying rent.
Mrs Ray said: “We are in negotiations for a permanent unit. We expect to be up and running by mid-September if we get the place.”
Food bank volunteer Jill Martin said: “I have no idea where we are going to put all the food or the fridges and freezers.”
For more information, contact Janet Ray on 01869 357181.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
6:30pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
A 23-year-old man has been jailed for a year following the death of Long Hanborough man Richard Reed in a car crash last year.
8:30am Thursday 3rd September 2015
AN 880-PUPIL free school in Oxford has been hailed as the beginning of a new solution to the county’s shortage of places.
5:06pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
A JUDGE has postponed sentencing a designer clothing firm over health and safety failures that led to a four-year-old boy being crushed by a 7ft mirror.
5:00pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
A WOMAN who found a hidden camera in the shower of a hotel says she feels disgusted by the incident.
3:28pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
A 34-year-old man has been arrested for aggravated burglary and criminal damage.
1:10pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
A BURST pipe in Banbury is gushing water onto Broughton Road.