This winter, the Dragon is proud to have joined Oxford Mutual Aid’s efforts in supporting vulnerable people in the local community, the NHS, key workers and local aid organisations.
We worked alongside OMA over the Christmas holidays, providing 3,000 meals, 200 meals a day, for at risk people in Oxford. Together with OMA, we provided emergency support through delivered meals to people in need within the Oxford City Community Food Network, and local volunteer groups including the Rose Hill Junior Youth Group, Botley Larder, Iraqi Women’s Group, Syrian Community Oxford and Oxfordshire (SYRCOX) and food for people experiencing homelessness in Oxford.
Oxford Mutual Aid (OMA) was founded during the initial COVID-19 crisis and has since become one of the largest providers of emergency support for at risk people in Oxford, working as part of Oxford City Community Food Network. This consists of preparing and distributing food and supply parcels, preparing and delivering reheatable meals, delivering baby supply parcels, and providing signposting over the phone.
The food support provided by OMA is essential for people who may have been told to self-isolate, especially those with low or no income who may have children receiving free school meals, those who do not have any friends and family around who can support them, or those who can be considered at risk for other reasons such as their legal status, mental health or their housing situation. The Dragon is delighted to have worked with OMA this winter, and make a positive impact on the Oxford City community.