Friendship, morality, and brotherly love are three of the Masonic core values that drove Albuquerque Lodge No. 60 to donate $40,000 to St. Felix Pantry, Inc. in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Because of their generous gift, purchasing a new grocery truck that will be used to rescue food from throughout Central New Mexico is closer to becoming a reality. Alan Varela, past Lodge Master and Chairman of the Charity Committee for the Lodge says, “Our Masonic Lodge is working tirelessly to improve the living conditions for all people, and we immediately recognized the vital assistance that St. Felix Pantry provides to humanity. We were unanimous in selecting St. Felix Pantry as the recipient of this year’s grant.”
“We still have requests out there for the balance of $18,000 in order to have the total amount necessary to buy a new $58,000 refrigerated truck that will be used daily,” Manuel Casias, vice president of development said.
“This truck would serve as one of the necessary vehicles used for the St. Felix Pantry Rescue Food Program which collects and redistributes nearly 1.9 million pounds of food each year that would otherwise end up in landfills. It will collect rescued food from various venues including restaurants, schools and businesses, repackage it, and donate it to people in need.” He added, “A new truck will help us tremendously as we need it to keep various meat and dairy products cool during transport between picking it up and delivering it to the Pantry.”