The Wānaka food bank has received a donation from the Otago Masonic Charitable Trust (OMCT).
In May OMCT, which is the umbrella charitable arm of the Masonic Lodges in Otago, donated $50,500 to twelve food banks across the Otago region.
The impact of the coronavirus crisis has resulted in a huge increase in demand for food bank services and Otago has felt the impact.
The trustees of the OMCT were aware of this increased demand and felt the Trust should provide funds to help.
Grants have been made to food banks in; Oamaru, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Milton, Balclutha, Lawrence, Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown and Wānaka.
This demand is expected to continue, and potentially increase when the Government wage subsidy ends.
Chairman Central Otago sub branch of the Otago Masonic Charitable Trust Nick Langley said the OMCT annually gives out approximately $65,000 to $75,000 in the Otago region to charitable organisations.
“This year due to coronavirus it became extremely difficult for our committee to meet and to discuss grant applications. Therefore, we decided that the money that would have normally been used for this to be donated to the food banks in Otago.
“The Trust was started in the 1960's and the money we use comes from the interest and dividends from donated or bequeathed money. I feel it’s important to point out that this is not redistributed money gained from fundraising but new money into the economy.
“There are nearly 50 Masonic Trusts doing similar things around New Zealand."
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