Our speaker this evening was Bill Pioppi discussing the St. John Paul II Food Pantry in Southbridge. Bill spoke with us last year together with Bill Mason. Unfortunately Mr. Mason passed away six months after speaking with us. At his wake, people were asked to bring a bag of food in lieu of flowers which generated 50 bags of groceries for the pantry. The need for food donations has increased by 55 thousand pounds over last year’s demand and the pantry cannot keep up. Many of those in need are seniors. Seniors are made to feel more comfortable in picking up food by having designated days for them which is the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Bill reiterated the pantry’s gratefulness for our fundraising effort last year and the generous $3,000 donation we gave to them. It certainly helped the Pantry’s shortfall. We are holding another Dinner Dance Fundraiser for them on June 5 at Cohasse Country Club.