The purpose of the Melksham Foodbank is to help to alleviate poverty in our locality by providing practical short term help to a person or family in need during the short interval between a need or problem arising and Social Services organising the benefits. This is done by providing a food parcel containing sufficient food basics for 3 days. This will allow the person or family concerned to concentrate on resolving their problem (in conjunction with the appropriate agencies) without them also having to worry about their food needs.

Melksham Foodbank started in September 2007 and is a non-profit organisation running under the auspices of the Melksham Family of Churches. It is run by a team of volunteers from different Churches. In order to work, it relies on donations of time, food, money and services from its supporters.

In the New Testament an occasion is described when someone came to Jesus, asking him the question, “Which is the most important commandment?” Jesus replied saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Melksham Foodbank provides a convenient opportunity for everyone and anyone to show practical love to their neighbour by giving food to those in need.