📷 Ray Fournier and Nancy Fournier receive an award for years of service to Southbridge Food Share from Dennis Pancoe. Kathy VanCamp photo.
By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor
SOUTHBRIDGE – Southbridge Food Share held its annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, and used the occasion to thank volunteers and donors who had contributed over the past three years of the group’s operations. Awards were given for service years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Southbridge Food Share president Dennis Pancoe described some of the group’s accomplishments over the last year, including providing more than 4,300 people with more than 29,000 meals. Other program highlights included support for Southbridge Middle School’s backpack program which gave weekend meals to students and support given to Southbridge Recreation’s summer program in the form of snacks and beverages. The group also made a training manual for volunteers and created an identification system that eliminated the use of a client’s Social Security number. Collaborations with The Center of Hope and Catholic Charities were also highlights of the past service year.
During the meeting, the following awards were given to donors, organizations and volunteers who had supported Southbridge Community Food Share in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Nancy M. Kennedy Award for Community Support was given to Pilot Gas Station in Sturbridge (2015), Bank Hometown (2016) and Big Bunny Market (2017).
The Robert and Beverly Merriman Volunteer Recognition Awards were given to Ron Mominee and Paul Hainsworth (2015), Curt Litchfield (2016) and Caecillia D’Amour (2017).
Ray and Nancy Fournier were also presented with plaques for their many years of service to Southbridge Food Share. Ray Fournier is a past president of Southbridge Food Share, who recently retired from the position after decades of working at the helm of the group.