Sussex foodbanks to receive £28,000 support from Sussex Freemasons

Foodbanks across Sussex are to benefit from an immediate grant of £28,000 from Sussex Freemasons.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 11:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 5:13 pm
Michael Harris, Sussex Masonic Charity Foundation chairman SUS-200804-113849001

The 14 foodbanks across Sussex will each receive £2,000 from the Sussex Masonic Charity Foundation to support their essential work feeding and sustaining our communities in need during this difficult period.

The foodbanks, chosen from towns and communities across the two counties, are Brighton Food Bank, Brighton and Hove City Mission, the Bevy Community Hub, the City Coast Centre Food Bank in Portslade, the Burgess Hill, Horsham, Crawley, East Grinstead, Worthing, Littlehampton, Chichester, Rye, Bexhill, Battle and the Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven foodbanks.

With reports indicating a significant rise in demand for foodbank support, but a decrease in donations, the timely funding is to be used solely for the provision of food goods, not wages or expenses.

The grant follows hard on the heels of last week’s £30,000 grant from Sussex Freemasons to support the welfare of the NHS staff at six major hospitals across Sussex and the immediate provision of eight mobile phones for use by Anaesthetic Department staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Funded entirely through the generosity of freemasons and their families, freemasonry is one of the largest providers of charity support in the country.

Michael Harris, Sussex Masonic Charity Foundation chairman, said: “I feel extremely proud to call myself a Sussex Freemason and to have the ability, as a trustee of the charity, to use the resources donated from our membership across Sussex to support our communities in their time of need.

“I know the money will be well used for the good of those who are in a desperate situation.”