On Jan. 1, 2017, the Buffalo area Masonic Lodge, Nelson Lodge No. 135 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF & AM), began the 6th Annual Food Shelf Matching Funds Drive program.
This year’s food drive will end on Feb. 28, 2017. As in years past, the Lodge is focusing its efforts on the Buffalo and Annandale/ Maple Lake area food shelves. Nelson Lodge is partnering with the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), Galilee Chapter No. 53, which is a Masonic appended body, in this year’s funding drive.
How can you help donate to the food shelf in your community?
The matching funds program increases your opportunity to extend your hand and reach out to help those in your community who are hungry. This program has assisted the local food shelves with the opportunity to lean on other state programs to maximize the efforts of everyone who gives.
Make your donation by writing a check payable to: Nelson Masonic Lodge No. 135, or Galilee Chapter No. 53. Please do not make your check payable to the food shelf, as it will not qualify for matching funds.
In the memo area of your check, write the name of the food shelf to which you want your contribution to be donated – Annandale/Maple Lake or Buffalo. The food shelf that is designated will receive that amount and the matching funds. Deposit your donation at any KleinBank branch or mail it to KleinBank, attn. Mason’s Food Shelf Drive, PO Box 40, Buffalo, MN. 55313.
One-hundred percent of all donations are given directly to the food shelf; there are no administrative expenses taken out. All funds are given to the food shelves in March, allowing them the opportunity to take advantage of the Minnesota Food Share Program for further benefits. It’s a bonus on top of a bonus.
Galilee Chapter No. 53, OES, is located at 122 Central Ave. in Buffalo. They received their charter from the Grand Chapter of Minnesota on June 6, 1893. The stated meetings of the chapter are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m.
To find more information about the Order of the Eastern Star, please visit the main page of the Grand Chapter of Minnesota’s website at www.mnoes.com, or call 651-260-6414.
Nelson Lodge No. 135 AF AM, is located at 122 Central Ave. in Buffalo. They received their charter from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota on Jan. 15, 1879 and hold their stated meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m.
To find more information about the Masons, or to learn how to become a Mason, please visit the Nelson Lodge No. 135 website at www.nelson135.org or the Grand Lodge of Minnesota’s website at www.mn-masons.org, or contact Jason Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org.