Freemasons donate curry ‘fakeaway’ recipe bags to Leicester university students in lockdown

Wyggeston Lodge, the University Lodge for University of Leicester students, has generously donated the ingredients needed to make a ‘fakeaway’ curry with rice to 500 University of Leicester students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In conjunction with the University of Leicester Students’ Union, the unique ‘Recipe In A Bag’ have been distributed to those students hit hardest with the lockdown restrictions. These bags include individually portioned rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, potatoes, coconut milk and chilli.

The head of the Wyggeston Lodge, Alex Pohl said: “Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. We are very mindful that students at the university have not been able to enjoy their university life to the full because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Alex Pohl proudly displays the Recipe Bags donated to University of Leicester students

He continues: “Recipe boxes via subscription have really boomed in recent years particularly during 2020. As a small token, we’re delighted to put our own version of these recipe bags for students in self-catered accommodation so they can make and enjoy a tasty meal whilst in lockdown.”

Upon receiving the donation, Karli Wagener, Wellbeing Officer at the Students’ Union said: “Small acts of kindness can help hold us together and stay united during challenging times. We are thankful to the Freemasons for donating 500 meals to students living in halls. We understand that it is a difficult time for students and this was not the year they expected. Through providing meals to students, this acts as a helping hand and is one less thing for them to worry about.”

Recipe in a Bag ingredients

The lodge also teamed up with Wigston News & Deli to provide the spice mix and the recipe which is included in each of the bags. Pratik Master said: “It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to enable the students to create a ‘fakeaway’ curry night all for themselves, to alter a phrase – give a man a curry, they will eat for a day, teach them to make #NotJustACurry in a Recipe Bag, they will eat for a lifetime.”

Andy Green (left) and Simon Oldfield (right) deliver the Recipe Bags to the University of Leicester

Andy Green, member of the lodge who devised and co-ordinated the recipe bags said: “I’m very proud of the Freemasons who have come together to help create this initiative and deliver food to the student community in Leicester during the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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