The Garston Masonic Hall Meals on Wheels initiative commenced on 20 May and initially the project was going to run for six weeks, but with certain economies being made without reducing the quality of the food it eventually ran for 10 weeks, ending on 22 July.
The project has been funded by generous donations from individual members at Garston Masonic Hall, all Mark lodge charities, contributions from Garston Masonic Hall and the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
During the time of its functioning, over 3,600 meals were provided to local vulnerable people in the Garston and Cressington Wards. These referrals were identified by Lynnie Hinnigan and her team of local councillors by contacting Faith Groups St Mary’s, housing providers such as Liverpool Mutual Homes and TORUS (a registered provider of social housing), St Nicholas School, South Liverpool Foodbank and Garston Community Forum.
The people who required this important service included the elderly, the housebound, those shielding, families who were struggling and individuals with no help locally.
Garston Masonic Hall Chairman Mal Yates wishes to thank all his team of brethren who had worked tirelessly over the last 10 weeks to make this initiative a resounding success. His thanks also go to Tony Ackroyd, the hall’s caterer and his team Lauren and Kerry for all the help they had given.
The project has helped make the name of Freemasonry better known in the area and all the food has been received with grateful thanks, and for some of the people, this was the only contact they had during lockdown.