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Oxford Ambulance Opens Emergency Food Bank

Food bank expected to be a "stop gap" for people in need.

The is starting an emergency food bank for residents of Oxford.

The purpose of the food bank is to provide between one day’s worth and one week’s worth of food to people in need.

The association and the Oxford Ambulance Explorer Post, which is also involved in the food drive, collected food a few weeks ago during “Stuff an Ambulance” at Oxford Paint and Hardware. On top of food, the association will give a small gift card to a grocery store for dairy and meat, said Oxford Ambulance Association Assistant Director Madalene Taggart.

“During the power outage in November, I had two families approach me with a need for food,” she said. “We tried to get them food through the Spooner House Food Bank, and we were unsuccessful.”

She said the Valley Food Bank has an application process and only operates Monday through Friday.  The Salvation Army was able to help out one of the families, but that organization also has an application process, Taggart said.

“This reinforced to me that there should be some sort of emergency food bank in place in town,” she said. At the local food bank, all requests will be kept confidential and there will be no applications to fill out, Taggart said.

“This food bank is set up to provide a stop gap situation for people until they can utilize the Valley Food Bank,” she said.

If anyone is in need they can reach Taggart by calling her cell phone at 203-509-5050 or by calling her office phone 203-881-5216 ext.100.

 

Tracy February 01, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Great idea.
Will Wilkin February 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Thank you Ms. Taggart for leading with the spirit of human solidarity so badly needed in these times! I very much agree with not having any demeaning application process. The request for help is its own means test. Nobody truly makes it alone; if you didn't need any help its because you've already had some....
Carol Kirby February 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Thanks Madelene. This service is sorely needed in the valley, not that other agencies aren't doing a good job. Unfortunately, most are open limited days/hours and as we all know, hunger doesn't keep the same ones.
Debbie Sherman February 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Oxford Booster Club will be having a Health Fair on May 5th at OHS. Admission will be a non perishable food item for this food bank.
Lori Flick March 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Being fairly new to the area there are many things I don't know about. I'm glad there is a food pantry, is there anywhere hot meals are served? I've been here less than 3 years but have found homeless people walking along RT 67. One asked me about a shelter or place for hot food and I had no answer. I bought him a hot meal and some coffee but it was cold out and it just was not enough. He kept referring to someplace in Seymour but he didn't know where and I couldn't help. I hope not to see any other homeless, cold, hungry people out there, but if I do I'd like to know how to help them.

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