Milton Keynes Chamber has named MK Food Bank as its Charity of the Year 2023/2024.


MK Food Bank provides crisis food support to individuals and families in Milton Keynes. They offer two main services. The first is emergency, short term food parcels. These are bags of long-life food that provide basic meals for 3 or 4 days for people experiencing temporary financial crisis. The reasons for this are varied and can range from sickness and family crisis to debt, benefits issues and Universal Credit delays. More recently, the soaring cost of living has accounted for a large proportion of the need. Our second service, the Top-Up Shop, was specifically designed to offer longer-term support for those people whose situations realistically aren’t going to change – the elderly and those with long-term physical or mental health issues for example. The shops sell food at a very low cost, providing choice and dignity, and aim to encourage independence and support people step by step out of poverty.

Every day, MK Food Bank make sure that hundreds of people access food. To do so, they rely solely on donations of food and money from local community and corporate donors. Together we can make a big difference.

As Milton Keynes Chamber Charity of the Year, they will receive complimentary Silver Chamber Partner member to enable them to network with some of the county’s most influential companies as well as receiving complimentary tickets to some of our networking events.

The Silver Chamber partner membership also means the charity’s logo will be featured on the Chamber’s website, company stationery and in various other Chamber publications. Mk Food Bank will also get guaranteed editorial into our Inbusiness magazine.

Milton Keynes Chamber Chief executive Louise Wall said: “We feel it is important to support county charities and to highlight the contribution they make to our community. “We look forward to working with MK Food Bank and helping them to raise their profile and forge new connections with the business community.”

Louisa CEO for MK Food Bank said “ Being chosen as MK Chamber’s Charity of the Year could not have come at a better time for us. The cost of living crisis rages on, and has led to demand for our services reaching levels not seen since the peak of the Covid pandemic. Our experience tells us that any one of us, our friends, family members or work colleagues could encounter a crisis, such as losing a job or becoming seriously ill, and need our support. We know that our business supporters across the Milton Keynes network are incredibly generous and community-minded. By extending this network further and building stronger relationships within the sector, we know we can continue to support all families and individuals in crisis in Milton Keynes.”