Bicester Foodbank has received a £300 grant from Police Mutual’s Force for Good programme.
Retired Thames Valley Police constable and current police staff member, Sharon Roberts, nominated the group, which supports disadvantaged local families with food parcels, after discovering it through her church.
She said: “I know how vital the service is to local families who are not as fortunate as me and need some support to give their families, particularly children, adequate nourishment.
“The foodbank is able to help families in crisis, as well as in the longer term.”
Janet Ray set up the foodbank in her area after seeing its positive impact on the local community in New Zealand.
“We fed 2,000 people in Bicester last year and have seen people who are unemployed get back into work who then come back and thank us,” says Janet.
“The £300 will go towards the cost of maintenance and insurance of our van, used for collections of food donations from across the town, and to pay the rent for the distribution centre in the town centre.”
The initiative also arranges for parents who use their services access to new toys and books so that every underprivileged child has the possibility of receiving presents for their birthday and Christmas.