Want to do more to make food healthy, fair and sustainable in Oxford? Get volunteering! If you’re an organisation looking for volunteers, get in touch.

Organisation Type of organisation Type of volunteering opportuntiy
Abundance Oxford A not-for-profit community harvesting, redistributing & preserving group. We harvest excess fruit & veg from back gardens across Oxford, redistribute it to community groups who want & need fruit, & organise skill-shares to preserve the rest of the fruit & care for the trees from which they came. Looking for people to join core team, to help keep harvests, preserve-making, outreach workshops and more rolling like a foraged-jam roll.
Barracks Lane Community Garden Barracks Lane Community Garden is a beautiful green space and eco building at the heart of a vibrant community in Oxford. It is for everyone to use and enjoy by visiting, booking for a private function or by coming along to one of the many events and activities that are held throughout the year. Garden Guardians and Trustees
Disco Soup Disco Soup is a free Cook-up & Feast to live music: part of a grass-roots international movement to raise awareness of food waste Organising crew, food preppers and servers!
Donnington Doorstep Based in East Oxford, Donnington Doorstep aims to increase happiness, physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people. We work to develop a strong, safe and integrated community. Volunteer trustee and board roles, and variety of other roles. Get in touch for latest.
East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market has been selling fresh, local produce sourced from within 30 miles of Oxford, along with some Fairtrade goods from further afield, every Saturday morning for more than 7 years Saturday volunteers. Two shifts: 9am to 10am and 12pm to 1pm
Incredible Edible The aim of IEO is to make Oxford more edible, through two main activities: creating growing spaces where there is currently nothing growing; and placing raised beds and growing areas prominently around the city to raise the profile of growing food and the importance of local food production Anyone welcome to come and grow!
Monday Shop Weekly food co-op on Cowley Road selling some pay what you can items. Shop volunteers.
Oxford City Farm Oxford city farm aims to build on a rich tradition of city farms across the country. Used by thousands of urban dwellers annually, city farms provide a myriad of educational and recreational opportunities. Oxford City Farm is working to establish a Community Orchard in the Florence Park area! Admin support and fundraising support
Oxford Community Soup Kitchen​ Soup Kitchen providing hot food and clean dry clothing every Wednesday and Saturday. A variety! Get in touch for details.
Oxford Food Bank Collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to around 60 registered charities in the Oxford area. Drivers, helpers, base coordinators, admin, fundraising, trustees.
Oxford Food Surplus Cafe A not-for-profit pop-up café that aims to help redress the imbalance in our food system by reclaiming surplus food and transforming it into delicious healthy meals for all. Volunteers to organise in the run-up and/or help on the day with sourcing, publicity, cooking, coordinate volunteers, prepare the space and more!
OxGrow OxGrow is Oxford’s Edible Community Garden. Since January 2011 we have been transforming two unloved tennis courts right in the heart of Oxford into a thriving food garden. All welcome to grow, or get in touch to offer specific skills
People in Action Cutteslowe glasshouse project – tbc for now but keep an eye on it! Cutteslowe glasshouse project – tbc for now but keep an eye on it!
Relish Relish is a new social enterprise, created to support and initiate food related work in and around Oxford. As a social enterprise, Relish provides opportunities to develop skills through volunteering, which can enhance employment.

You may have an interest in health, nutrition, cooking or community education and would like to support a local group, or help develop Relish behind the scenes in administation or fundraising. We would love to hear from you

Sandford Talking Shop We sell lots of great local produce – fresh bread, cakes, fruit & veg, eggs, juice, honey, jams, meat – as well as the Saturday papers. We have guest slots for local producers, lego and art stuff for kids and we run the friendliest tastiest breakfast cafe. Cafe and shop volunteers
Restore Garden Café Our Garden Café overlooks our award-winning therapeutic garden, which is managed by The Beehive Recovery Group. We are open to customers between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Our menu makes use of seasonal, organic and local products – come and sample our delicious food and quality coffees. Cafe volunteers.
Student projects
Project Soup Project Soup is a series of microfunding dinners in Oxford. After dinner four local community groups will come and give a brief ‘pitch’ to the attendees, followed by a brief Q&A. Votes will be cast and the winning group will receive the funds raised at the event. Organisers and soup makers.
Food Justice Food Justice is a student group that aims to raise awareness of food waste and food sustainability issues through running speaker events and connecting students with local food-related initiatives. College reps and committee members.