Middlesex Freemasons raise £90,000 for food banks and deliver over 2,500 meals a week to carers, the elderly and vulnerable

Monday, 08 June 2020

Since the beginning of the lockdown and the onset of the coronavirus, regular masonic activities have been suspended. However, with charity being one of the cornerstones of masonic values, the lockdown hasn’t stopped Middlesex Freemasons being ‘masonic’. Indeed under the leadership of the Pro Provincial Grand Master, Peter Baker, Middlesex Freemasons have been galvanised into a wide range of activities to help others

In a major initiative, the kitchens at the Harrow District & Uxbridge Masonic Centres were re-opened during lockdown. With the help of some of the furloughed and volunteer staff, the centres have been preparing pre-packed nutritious meals, which are being delivered to the Salvation Army centres at Harlesden, Harrow and Hayes, to the Harrow Voluntary & Community Sector Forum, SUFRA – NW London and to Hillingdon Council for onward delivery to the beneficiaries they have identified as being in need of a daily hot meal. The Appeal has been a major success and over 2,500 meals are now being delivered a week.

At current projections, they have raised over £76,000, which they expect will keep the kitchens going until at least 30th September 2020, resulting in an amazing number of over 50,000 meals delivered.

Additionally, to support the homeless and hungry, the Middlesex Province Relief Fund, the Middlesex Masonic Charity and Lodges have donated a total of £14,400 to a number of local food banks:

• Hillingdon Foodbank
• Salvation Army Teddington
• Ealing Foodbank
• Brent Foodbanks
• Yiewsley and West Drayton Foodbank
• Feltham Foodbank
• Salvation Army Uxbridge
• Harrow Foodbank
• Enfield Foodbank
• Richmond Foodbank

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