We aim to provide good quality and nutritious food for our guests. We rely on a large number of volunteers to make sandwiches and bake cakes for us. Most of our food is provided by church and other groups who have their own rotas so that the burden on any one individual is not too great. If you would like to help with this, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is most useful if we know what is coming to allow us to plan what we need to provide ourselves; it is therefore ideal if our suppliers give the same thing at fixed intervals (e.g. monthly). We are delighted to accept small donations; please contact us to find out the kinds of things we use.
We also consume large quantities of spreads, pickles, fruit, eggs, cheese, milk and various other ingredients. Please get in touch if you would like to help by donating something. Fruit is popular and something we are keen to encourage as healthy food is often seen as an unaffordable luxury for many of our guests.
Many of the local shops and restaurants in Oxford donate food to us which they cannot use. We are also very grateful for supplies of items via the Oxford Foodbank. If you are able to help in this way, please contact us as shown above.
If you decide you want to help us with donating soup or sandwiches and cakes could you please get a food safety application and sign the agreement form from the pack; you can either download this from the The Gatehouse website or request one from us which we’ll email or post out to you. For people who make soup, sandwiches and cakes we require filled in food allergen stickers that can be got from us.
Information about providing food
If you’re preparing sandwiches, there are four types of sandwiches we ask for: ham, tuna and mayo, egg and mayo and cheese. If possible, there should be two loaves of each type prepared. If you’re preparing the sandwiches an allergen sticker should be stuck on each loaf of sandwiches to let us know what ingredients are used for the well-being of our guests.
If you’re preparing cakes it’s the same as Sandwiches as an allergen sticker should be stuck on each cake made so that we can look out for the well-being of our guests; this is so we know what ingredients have been used to be aware of any allergies.
The Gatehouse also provides home-made soup in the winter. We hope to expand the list of people who are willing to make soup for us according to a rota so that a fresh supply is maintained. We are also looking for someone to help with organising the delivery and sorting of donated soup – taking about one hour a week during the daytime (preferably Tuesday morning). If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact email@example.com.
Food (non-perishables) list
This list is updated regularly and our stocks are monitored constantly so please do read it carefully, thank you.
What do we serve in the Café?
In addition to sandwiches and cakes, we use a large amount of ‘non-perishable’ food stuff for every cafe session.
Our guests drink lots of coffee and hot chocolate, and we make up ‘bonuses’, that’s bread with peanut butter, jam, honey and marmite – in lots of different combinations!
With seventy people or more in an evening we get through a lot of jars of things.
You don’t have to make a big donation to support us – just ONE jar of coffee will be the great help. This is the BEST HELP you can give us as it helps us keep our costs down.
What do we need at the moment?
Cakes (especially with a long shelf life)
Salad Cream – squeezy bottles please!
Brown Sauce – squeezy bottles please!
Mayonnaise – squeezy bottles please!
What DON’T we need. We’ve got enough of these items and have no room to store more at present.
So, please NO MORE:
No Hot chocolate/drinking chocolate
No Cuppa Soup
No Peanut butter
No Chocolate spread
No Herbal teas
What about things like tinned food and pasta?
For some of our Café sessions we have hot food provided by outside groups.
We do not prepare or cook hot food at The Gatehouse.
We are only seldom asked for food parcels so we currently don’t need any more things like: rice, pasta, tinned beans, tinned food or cereals.
If you decide you want to help us with donating soup or sandwiches and cakes there is a Food Safety Handbook on the website which you will need to read and sign before starting. We also require a food allergen sticker to be completed for each item, which you can pick up from the office or we can post to you. It is not as complicated as it sounds and you can contact us on (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need support.
For non-food items which we use, please see the Clothes Store Update