The Combined Churches Caring Melton foodbank was set up in 1995 by 9 local Christian churches, in conjunction with Centrelink and the City of Melton, to address a growing need for food support in Melton.
In 2003 the Home Finance Program was introduced to help clients to deal with the complex issues of budgeting and effective communication with service providers. This program has been of great assistance to clients from whom I’ve heard make the comment that “this is the first time ever that I have had my bills under control!!”
We now support not only the 400 clients that the churches were supporting but also field another 1900 referrals annually from Centrelink, major hospitals, schools, St. Vincent De Paul, Melton Council and business from local and wider areas.
We can not do this on our own, our local Melton community have been fantastic and we have some amazing volunteers (75 in all) that help us to gather food from all over Melton and surrounds, stock shelves, clean and maintain our humble premises, mentor, interview and befriend, listen and support, share experiences and ensure that the food is edible at all times.
The bible is very clear on giving, and all staff and volunteers at Combined Churches Caring Melton (CCCM) endeavour to apply these standards to our service.