Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2024 and here is our sixth category COMMUNITY FOOD HERO 2024, as listed in alphabetical order: VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

The awards will be held on Monday May 13 at the North Wall, with headline sponsors Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks Ltd, attended by Le Manoir’s Raymond Blanc

The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced, so get voting and pick your favourite. You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! 

In alphabetical order, the nominations for COMMUNITY FOOD HERO 2024 are: VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Botley Community Kitchen – HeartyEarth movement – It’s all about food waste for this dynamic group who use surplus food donated to Oxford Food Hub and transforms it into delicious free meals on Tuesdays at Dosa Park, Thursdays at The Corner House in Horsepath Driftway, and Fridays at St Frideswide Church on Botley Road to an appreciative crowd, known as #surpluscurry on social media. They also run The Oxford City Community Larder on Fridays in West Oxford Community Centre and Jericho Pantry on Tuesdays where you can pick up free food waste groceries, for those registered.. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Dr. Sâmân Jamshidifard and vicar Rachel Cross at St Frideswide Church in Botley

Climatarian Kitchen, Kidlington – Another food surplus legend in café form which runs on love and donations. It also provides cooking courses teaching people how to prepare local, seasonal ingredients and recipes such as their climatarian shepherd’s pie. A carbon costing system integrates education into every dining experience. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Some of the delicious meals prepared at Climatarian Kitchen in Kildington

Damascus Rose, OFS, Oxford – Despite being fully integrated into the Oxford food scene thanks to their stunning cooking, one musn’t forget that this is still a social enterprise where the wonderfully authentic middle-eastern food is cooked by female Syrian refugees who cook from the heart. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Damascus Rose Kitchen

Down To Earth, Wantage – The community cafe aims to provide food in a down-to-earth, inclusive and friendly environment. The food is delicious, healthy and affordable, and uses as much surplus food as possibe. Particularly impressive is the The Small Steps project providing children with a healthy breakfast, homework club, and environmental activities on a Saturday morning staffed by teachers and volunteers, and The Community Cook-In – a sociable cooking session, where you cook a meal together and share sustainable food ideas on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Down To Earth Wantage

FarmEd Cafe, Shipton Under Wychwood – On a mission to inspire, educate and connect people with sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet, their cafe reflects that journey. Plus it’s delicious!​ Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

FarmEd Cafe

Flo’s, East Oxford – We love it there, sitting outside in the summer eating the delicious food in the family-friendly community based cafe, or the welcoming interior offering affordable, healthy and globally reflective food and a PAY-AS-YOU-CAN on Mondays from 12-2pm on Mondays. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

The outdoor space at Flo’s in East Oxford

Iraqi Women Art and War Pop Up CafeOxfordshire Museum, Woodstock – Don’t miss the first and third Saturday of every month because the food is fabulous, authentic and generous, all cooked by vulnerable women in Oxfordshire. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Iraqi chef Lubna serving her food at the Oxfordshire Museum

Restore Garden Cafe, Cowley Road – It’s all about prioritising mental health here by providing a relaxing, accessible and non judgemental space in the form of the cafe and award-winning gardens, where fresh home-made lunches, from locally sourced produce, can be found. In the last year, Restore, an Oxfordshire mental health charity, has directly supported hundreds of people, trained thousands, and benefited thousands more within the community. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Restore Garden Cafe

Tap Social, Oxfordshire – Always on the up, their latest offering – The Market Tap by Tap Social in Oxford’s Covered Market has helped transform the indoor space into a real food, entertainment and of course drinks centre. Throw in Tap Social Taproom in Botley, Tap Social Whitehouse on Abingdon Road, Tap at Lock 29 Banbury, and Proof bakery and cafe in Kennington, as well as its brewery, and you can see why they won last year. And all of it is geared towards rehabilitating prisoners by giving them valid work and support. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Tess Taylor of Tap Social with OCC’s Tom Bridgeman outside Tap’s Market Bar

Thomas Franks Foundation, Feeding Communities, Hook Norton – Founded in 2019 by the corporate caterers, they are unfaltering in their bid to end food poverty by cooking over a million free meals for the vulnerable whether that’s hungry school children, careers, refugees, the homeless…. Sadly the list goes on, but they are there to stop the gap. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Staff and volunteers preparing food for Ukrainian refugees as part of the Thomas Franks Foundation

Waste 2 TasteCowley – A gleaming new premises means Sandra Ruge and her team are still fighting the good fight at this wonderful community cafe using surplus food in wonderfully ingenious and tasty ways as well as training, catering, workshops and art exhibitions. Always friendly and welcoming it’s a source of great comfort to so many. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Sandra and her team

Water Tank Cafe, Oxfam Superstore, Cowley. A lovely affordable cafe right in the middle of our favourite charity warehouse. Think soups, cakes and great coffee when you need a break from all that vintage shopping! All in a good cause! https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

The Watertank Cafe

Yellow Submarine Cafe – Oxford and Witney – always a joy to visit, their cafes are full of happy customers, caring staff and keen protégées who have learning disabilities and autism, but are fully immersed in the catering programme which teaches and employs on a hospitality basis. Plus their cakes and sandwiches are absolutely delicious! A win-win all round then https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x

Yellow Submarine

There are 10 categories and we will be announcing one every day for the next 10 days. These include BEST NEWCOMER, BEST PUB/BAR, BEST CAFE, BEST RESTAURANT, BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN, BEST CHEF, BEST GASTROPUB, BEST EUROPEAN, BEST GLOBAL, BEST COMMUNITY FOOD HERO

You can only vote once in each category, so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the beginning of May. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/ztwedc9x