Deliveries to food bank

The Masonic Meals on Wheels service and the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association have donated food collected by their members to help a community-based organisation.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 6:24 pm
Members of the Meals on Wheels team and Widows Sons with the Bacmans team.

For the last eight years, Bacmans has worked within the community to provide employability, debt and benefit advice to clients in Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth.

Its team works with some of the most excluded people in Northumberland – many of whom have complex issues relating to social problems, including unemployment and mental health issues.

One of their tasks is to distribute food from FareShare North East. A total of 80kg of food is currently delivered weekly, which is sorted by volunteers and shared out across two share tables at The Plough Inn (Ellington) and the Miners Institute (Lynemouth).

The tables are always stocked with a variety of canned and fresh items and people are encouraged to donate, take what items they need and leave what they do not need.

Boxes of fresh food, tins and packets were donated by the Meals on Wheels team and the Widows Sons, who heard about the good work of the volunteers and wanted to help.

Christina Manners from Bacmans said: “A big thank you to Northumberland Freemasons for this very kind gesture.

“The food will be given to those most in need within the four villages we serve. Every tin and every packet of food helps and the more we get donated, the more we can distribute.

“If anyone needs our help, please call us on 01670 860060.”

The Masonic Meals on Wheels service recently donated its 3,000th meal. The scheme operates from Ashington and covers most of Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Each delivery includes soup and a traditional Sunday roast, with more than 30 volunteer drivers helping out every Sunday.

Freemason Paul Dunning said: “It was great to support the fantastic charitable work of the Northumbria Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association.

“The response to Covid-19 has really shown how Freemasons can work together to achieve the same goal.”