Food Pantry Benefits from Generosity

The St. John Paul II Food Pantry in Southbridge recently received a check for $5,000 from a distant stranger.  At a recent Sturbridge Rotary Club meeting, Bill Pioppi and Co-Director Roberta Watson were presented with a check.  The story unfolds during Rotary’s Annual Golf Classic at the Cohasse Country Club.  A participant during the Classic learned about the great work that Sturbridge Rotary does to help the Food Pantry.  The golf participant asked to learn more and to meet with folks at the Pantry.  Once he learned more about the Pantry, he raised his donation to $5,000.  He had two stipulations with his gift; one being that his name will remain anonymous, and two, the gift must support his passion to help the elderly in need.  The Pantry will purchase gift cards with his donation to be used solely for the elderly who qualify.  Sturbridge Rotary was happy to help facilitate the donation which started out with a casual conversation while playing golf.

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L to R: Bill Pioppi, Roberta Watson – both from the JPII Food Pantry; Bill Lemke, Golf Classic Committee; Klaus Hachfeld, Sturbridge Rotary President; Austin Jenkins, Golf Classic Committee

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Bill Pioppi and Co-Director Roberta Watson both from the St. John Paul II Food Pantry.