Freemasons provide 120,000 people with donations of 300,000 meals and 38 tonnes of food during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • More than 120,000 people have been helped by Freemasons with a variety of food donation initiatives across England and Wales;
  • Homeless people, women’s refuges and vulnerable people have been provided with 300,000 meals and 38 tonnes of food donated by Freemasons;
  • More than £560k has already been donated to provide meals and help numerous foodbanks during the pandemic.


Covid-19 Response Group

With many families struggling to put food on the table Freemasons across England and Wales are currently working on hundreds of initiatives to help minimise the daily pressure on households across the UK.

During this difficult time, the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body for Freemasonry in England and Wales, formed the Covid-19 Response Group to support those in need. The group identified food banks and people in vulnerable situations in need of help and set about galvanizing its network to provide food donations, deliveries, cooking fresh meals; as well as opening up local Lodges’ kitchens to cook meals.

“In East Kent Freemasons meanwhile,”

In East Kent Freemasons meanwhile, donated £65,000 to buy 3.6 tonnes of food and support the community. The Family Food Bank and many other food banks, are now able to supply in excess of 80,000 meals. In addition, they are helping Bexley Food Bank, Swanley Food Bank, Bromley Borough Food Bank and Nourish Community Food Bank.

Freemasons are also supporting the NHS. In Kent, 50 Samsung tablets were given to 5 Hospitals, to enable patients in hospital to speak and see with their families at home.

The Head of East Kent Freemasons

The head of East Kent Freemasons Neil Hamilton Johnstone released £57,000 from his Disaster Relief Fund. The money has gone to help food banks, as part of the COVID-19 relief effort.

Dr David Staples, the chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England, said: “No one, in this day and age, should have to worry where their next meal is coming from. With foodbanks across the UK being used more than ever before the crisis has put untold pressure on this vital network.

“We are so glad that we are able to provide thousands of families across the UK with a hot meal or food donations to get them through this current crisis. Freemasons have achieved all of this in just a few months and have also given their time to produce and deliver food to the vulnerable. We will continue to raise money and donate our time until we are able to return to normality.”

“Freemasons stand behind our core values of Friendship, Integrity, Charity and Respect and are proud to help so many in their time of need.”

Picture of a lady carrying a tray of food.
Picture of two men handling some of the crates of food.

The Trussell Trust

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