As their continued drive to assist local communities and those in need during these unprecedented times, Buckinghamshire Freemasons contacted the foodbanks which serve the Slough, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes areas to ascertain which foods are in the greatest demand for Buckinghamshire families and individuals who are facing financial pressures
To supply this demand, Buckinghamshire's Assistant Provincial Grand Master Phil Blacklaw enlisted the help of Rob Pulford and Annette Buckler, from Bletchley Masonic Centre, to supply each of the foodbanks with a substantial amount of much needed non-perishable groceries. The groceries were purchased by Buckinghamshire Freemasons directly from the wholesaler and delivered to the Bletchley Masonic Centre where they were decanted into packages ready to be transported to each of the foodbanks.
The groceries were packaged in accordance with cross infection control procedures and sealed with Stay Safe Labels donated by XPress Labels Ltd. The packages were then collected by Mark Palmer and Royal Arch Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge Graham Dearing in transport generously donated by Moonlight Productions and delivered to each of the foodbanks. Each foodbank was delighted to receive their delivery and expressed their thanks and appreciation on behalf of local residents.
Steven Smith of Slough Foodbank wrote: 'We really appreciate all the support that you have given us on this occasion and over the years. Please do pass on our thanks to all of your members for expressing their support and consideration for the most vulnerable in society at this very difficult time.'
Dave Worrall of Chiltern Foodbank praised the donation saying: ‘I am writing to thank you and your colleagues in Buckinghamshire Freemasons for the very generous food donation of 534.5 kilos to Chiltern Foodbank. This gift will allow us to feed 76 people for three days and is really appreciated at this time of crisis.’
Buckinghamshire's 'Freemasonry in the Community' plans to continue to support local community initiatives during this challenging time and to do what they can to assist those who are experiencing unexpected hardships.