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Food AssistanceDerby Lodge No. 365 Donates $200 to the Derby Community Food Bank

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Food Bank Donation

Derby, Kansas (April 19, 2024)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefitting Kansas communities, has partnered with Derby Lodge No. 365 to donate $200 to the Derby Community Food Bank, an organization providing food to community members in need.

Founded in 1956, Derby Lodge No. 365 is a Kansas Masonic Lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has nearly 130 members and supports various community organizations and events, including the Derby High School Senior Celebration, the American Legion, the Derby Christmas Parade, the local food pantry, a variety of Masonic organizations, and local school teachers who request support for unfunded learning programs to support children with disabilities. The Brothers at Derby Lodge No. 365 have also regularly contributed to Operation Holiday, which provides food and Christmas gifts to community members in need of support during the holiday season. 

“We support our community by investing in our churches, schools, Veteran-based organizations, and our city,” said Derby Lodge No. 365 Secretary John French. “The Derby Food Bank is a community church-based project providing food to USD 260 residents, and we have supported their mission for many years.”

To help further their mission of supporting community-based initiatives, the Brothers at Derby Lodge No. 365 have teamed up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to donate $200 to the Derby Food Bank. The organization assists qualified individuals and families living at or below the poverty level in the USD 260 school district. Currently, the Derby Food Bank supports an average of 75 families. All funds donated by the lodge Brothers in collaboration with the Kansas Masonic Foundation will provide food and funds to individuals in need of assistance. A formal donation presentation previously took place in November of 2023.

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here. 

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