88 Cape families receive monthly food packages thanks to the Masonic Angel Foundation’s Beehive Food Program during the school year.
The Beehive Food Program (BFP) was launched in May 2012 after the Masonic Angels noticed an acute increase in grocery card requests. The Masonic Angel Foundation (MAF) set its volunteers to work and their response was a high-serving-count supplemental food package that would be provided once a month.
Partners with Schools
Beehive Food Package recipients are identified by the MAF’s local school partners. The Masons deliver the packages to the schools once a month and school staff take care of distributing the food to the families. The Masons never know the identity of those receiving their food.
“MAF has worked with school staff for almost fifteen years. They tell us what they need for a child and we try to make it happen – from a pair of eyeglasses, to a warm coat, to a Laptops for KidZ computer to a monthly Beehive Food Package. We are here to help school staff better serve their students,” says Masonic Angel Foundation President Robert Fellows.
The Beehive Food Program recently expanded to Hyannis West Elementary School. Monthly food packages now go to families in Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham and Hyannis.”
The Dollar Tree Connection
All items distributed by Beehive are purchased in bulk from Dollar Tree. Beehive volunteer Randall Chow tells Cape Cod Today, “This program wouldn’t succeed without the support we receive from the Dollar Tree store in Dennisport. Their managers and staff help us tremendously with item selection, ordering and even roll up their sleeves and help us pack up the food when it arrives at the store.”
“When we visit the store it’s a major disruption – after all, we’re there to pick up 880 items. The staff is so well organized that they usually have us out the door within no more than an hour. Dollar Tree makes it easy for a volunteer-operated non-profit to do business with them,” adds Mr. Chow.
What’s in a Beehive Package?
The August Beehive Food Packages included:
How YOU Can Help
The Beehive Food Program is underwritten by the Masonic Angel Fund chapters sponsored by Universal Lodge in Orleans, Winslow Lewis Lodge in Boston, St. Martin’s Lodge in Chatham and Mariners Lodge in Cotuit. The Masonic Angel Foundation also receives grants from private foundations, individual donors and business philanthropy programs.
Beehive does not accept donations of food from the general public, so as not to compete with existing local food programs. Businesses and individuals are welcome to sponsor a family for $10/month with a tax-deductible donation to the 501(c)(3) Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. BFP now has funding committed to serve a total of 85-90 families during the upcoming school year.
For more information about the Beehive Food Program visit www.beehivefood.org.