Hundreds of local people in need in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire will be receiving parcels of food and necessary toiletries, thanks to a grant of £3,750 from Staffordshire Freemasons to The Well Foodbank.
The Well has supported 10,000 people last year, providing 3 days of nutritionally balanced tinned, dried and fresh foods. The Foodbank takes referrals from a wide range of organisations who support people in need due to redundancy, low income, debt, mental health, domestic violence, addiction or immigration issues.
Demand for the Foodbank’s services has grown significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown, and that rise is expected to continue well into next year.
The grant from Staffordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
In response to the extraordinary need created by the coronavirus pandemic, Freemasonry is providing special funding of £2.75 million for projects helping those who are particularly affected by the virus. This extra money comes on top of the estimated £45 million given to charity every year by Freemasons.
Caroline Price, Joint Project Leader at the Well Foodbank, said: 'We’re very grateful to Staffordshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will support us in continuing the delivery food and other essential supplies to people living in poverty across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire. The need for our services has grown considerably since the lockdown began and it’s clear that demand will keep on rising well into next year.'
Selwyn Burton, Communications Officer from Staffordshire Freemasons said: 'I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help the Well Foodbank with their hugely important work. The people they look after are some of the most vulnerable in our community, and during this crisis period they are needed more than ever.'