SILO began seven years ago with a small group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to connect to others in Oxford. As relationships were built and stories shared, it became obvious that there were many needs in the community. While many people were hungry for friendship, many were just hungry. The first free community meal was hosted and invitations were hand delivered to new friends and strangers. The free monthly meals continue to be a central place for people who are isolated or hungry to come together and get their fill. Since guests at the meal come from all walks of life, there is a beautiful and natural community formed which crosses conventional boundaries of gender, race and economic status. Everyone is welcome.