St Anne’s to provide meals and transport to support local communities during the Coronavirus crisis

As a community-oriented, forward-looking and outward-facing college, St Anne’s has been seeking ways to help and support the wider Oxford community as the coronavirus crisis progresses. 

We are pleased to announce that St Anne’s has teamed up with Oxford Mutual Aid and will be supporting a number of initiatives over the coming weeks. 

Today, volunteers from St Anne’s will offer their time to help transport packages for this year’s Grand Iftar, using the St Anne’s van. Ramadan is a special month for Muslims and an Iftar is the meal eaten when the fast ends. Every year, community groups in Oxford hold The Grand Iftar, an event organised to share a communal iftar with the wonderful people of Oxford. As with most things, the Iftar has had to adjust to Covid-19. The community is no longer able to come together in person, but still want to ensure the event goes ahead and that people can enjoy the festivities in their homes. We are pleased to be able to support this initiative.

From next week, St Anne’s will also be taking part in OMA’s Kitchen Collective. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our staff, and we are extremely grateful to the members of kitchen staff who continue to come to College every day to feed the students who are still in College accommodation. Beginning next Tuesday, kitchen staff who are already cooking and assembling meals in College will produce an additional twenty meals twice a week. These meals will then be safely transported by refrigerated van to workers at Oxford University hospitals, with instructions for reheating. 

We hope you are as proud as we are that St Anne’s is able to support the local community in this way, thanks to our tirelessly hardworking staff.