Five Bedfordshire Foodbanks receive festive 1K boost from Bedfordshire Freemasons


Christmas came early to five Bedfordshire food banks when they received generous donations from Bedfordshire Freemasons.

Instead of receiving the usual food parcels, each food bank was gifted with £1,000 to provide vital services during the festive season.

Tony Henderson, the head of Bedfordshire Freemasons said: “No one should go hungry at any time of the year, but especially not at Christmas. We hope our donation helps fewer families to have to make a choice between heating or eating over this Christmas period.”

Food banks in the following areas all received Freemasons donations:

  • Bedford
  • Luton and Dunstable
  • Stotfold ‘Need’ project
  • Leighton Linslade Helpers

June Tobin, of Leighton Linslade Helpers said: “Donations of food and money ensure we have a stable base to support our community, especially during winter when they are coping with larger utility bills.”

She said families are under the most pressure at Christmas and added: “We cannot thank those that donate to us enough, it brings joy and happiness, not just to the families, but also to the volunteers, who take great pride in helping their community.”

The Leighton Linslade food bank started as a response to the pandemic. June said: “Not everyone in our community has access to the internet, nor do they do internet shopping.  We found there was a great demand to ensure our community was kept safe and didn’t go hungry.”

During the pandemic, the Linslade food bank have seen increased demand from workers experiencing hardship as well as those on benefits.