To alleviate hunger and provide nutrition information to the families and
individuals in need who live in the Talawanda School District.
Eligibility is determined by poverty
levels set by the United States Federal Government. The OCCP serves
approximately 300 families in the Talawanda School District.
A Matter of Choice
Traditional pantry practices of
assembling and distributing boxes of random food to customers leads to
food waste and lacks the benefit of increasing empowerment.
A choice pantry honors shoppers' dignity by allowing them to choose
their items according to their household size and the federally
recommended nutritional requirements. The OCCP also provides customers
with nutritional information.
Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP) opened in July 2007 as a
non-profit community endeavor serving the Talawanda School District by
providing free groceries to the economically disadvantaged residents in
It was a collaborative effort between the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Church and the Family Resource Center.
Hunger In America?
In the land of plenty, more than 50 million Americans, including one
in five children, don't always know where their next meal is coming
from. That's unacceptable, says Howard G. Buffett—midwestern farmer, philanthropist, and son of Warren—who is working to strike back against hunger, starting in the breadbasket.