A free emergency food service originated by Christian charity the Trussell Trust is to be franchised across the UK.
The Food Bank, which launched in 2000, gives dried and tinned food donated by the public to people referred by social services. Around 1,100 adults and 600 children in Wiltshire were helped in 2003/4.
The trust now plans to help churches and other Christian organisations to set up food banks in towns across the country in partnership with Scottish Christian charity Blythswood Care.
Organisations will be provided with an operating manual, training on how to set up a food bank, an on-call support service, and access to the Food Bank network.
In 2003, the Trussell Trust was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Award for its work.