Worcestershire Freemasons give grant to Worcester Food Bank
Hundreds of local people will be receiving parcels of food, thanks to a grant of £3,000 to the Worcester Foodbank from Worcestershire Freemasons.
The grant has been used to purchase stocks of items for over 200 cooking parcels, to help individuals and families in crisis make better use of food stocks. The Worcester Foodbank cooking parcels includes items such as herbs, spices, condiments and cooking oil.
Worcester Foodbank has supported over 54,000 people since opening in 2012, including 10,000 people this year. They have provided more than 670,000 meals overall. Worcester Foodbank is one of six Trussell Trust foodbanks operating across the county.
Pressures have been mounting on the charity since the rollout of Universal Credit, and demand for the Foodbank’s services has grown by over 80 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Grahame Lucas, Manager at Worcester Foodbank, said:“We are really grateful to Worcestershire Freemasons for their generous grant. It comes at a critical time when we’re anticipating further rises in demand as the impact of redundancies causes people to turn to us for help. We’re also fearing a downturn in the general public’s ability to continue their generosity as the economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
"I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Worcestershire Foodbank, who are doing hugely important work providing food parcels for individuals and families living in poverty. It’s clear the pandemic has made the situation much worse and that the foodbank will continue to have a crucial role for many months to come.” - R W Bro Robert C.Vaughan PGM
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