London Masons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation have provided a grant of £10,000 from the nationwide COVID-19 response initiative to London charity The Felix Project. The COVID-19 outbreak is hitting the poorest, hardest. The Felix Project has never seen such a high demand for food in London. In order to respond to this crisis, they have expanding their operations so that they can reach as many people as possible who are vulnerable and in need of food.
Rescuing good, surplus food from the food industry that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This is high-quality and nutritious, including a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, salads, meat and fish. They collect or receive food from over 170 suppliers, including supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delis.
The food is then sorted and then delivered to over 350 front-line charities, primary schools and holiday programmes in London and during the COVID-19 epidemic food has also been provided to frontline NHS and key workers. That way, food that would have gone to waste is reaching people who have lost their jobs, people on low incomes, children and families who are struggling, people who are sick, key workers struggling to find food, older people who are isolated, people who are homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, and refugees.
Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project told us: “People in our city go hungry every day, while good surplus food goes to waste. This £10,000 donation from the Freemasons rescues enough surplus food for the equivalent of 55,000 meals for people in need. The Felix Project is thankful to London Masons for helping us reduce food waste and hunger in London.”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has allocated £1M of funding for the COVID-19 response initiative, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
London Masons Charity Steward Tony Shields commented: “We are glad to provide urgent support to the Felix Project, no one 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. This grant follows on from a recent £2.5 Million to fund two ultra-high aerial platforms, 6 rapid response vehicles and 4 bariatric stretchers and earlier generous donations of £3 million to Bart’s hospital for the purchase of a Cyberknife and £2 million donation towards the second London Air Ambulance, all of which contribute to saving lives right across this great capital city.”