South Wales freemasons start meal delivery service to help local communities

Square meals

The freemasons of South Wales have started a meal delivery service to residents of Cardiff and the south Wales valleys. The initiative, called ‘Square Meals’, is principally for those who are either classed as ‘vulnerable’, unable to get to the shops, or those simply finding it difficult to eat a nutritious meal each day. However, the service is open to all.

The Square Meals initiative delivers quality, great-tasting, nutritious meals directly to front doors in a safe and supportive way. Meals can be ordered by either phone or email and paid for by bank transfer.

For the Cardiff, Penarth and Caerphilly areas, the service is provided by the catering staff at Cardiff Masonic Hall (CMH) who are offering a daily one- or two-course meal for £5 (£6 for two-courses). Meals are delivered three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to cover meals for the whole week.

For the south Wales valleys, Church Village Caterers (CVC) are providing two-course meals for £6.50 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Both caterers have volunteered to prepare and cook meals at this time of need. The food is cooked, sealed in plastic, or polystyrene containers in the kitchen area – which then can be reheated, refrigerated or frozen at home – and delivered by a team of volunteer drivers. Both CMH and CVC also cater for specific dietary requirements, and strict attention to scrupulous hygiene and social distancing is given.

Alan Gardener, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the South Wales Freemasons said, “As freemasons, we try to help our local communities as much as possible, and during these difficult times we are aware that there are many people, who due to self-isolation, or other reasons, are either unable, or finding it difficult, to get regular freshly cooked meals. This ‘Square Meals’ service will be fully operational during the week of the 20th April, and we hope that it will help those in our local communities who need it the most”.

Further information, menus and ordering instructions can be obtained from the Cardiff Masonic Hall website ( or Phill Hanlon at Cardiff Masonic Hall (, and from Keri Evans for Church Village Caterers (, or downloaded by clicking the thumbnail below.