The Fifth Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser to benefit the St. John Paul II Food Pantry was held recently by the Sturbridge Rotary Club. Rev. Kenneth Cardinale accepted a check for $3,000 with his gratitude. “The Food Pantry serves an average of 400 families every month and this check will certainly help in the challenge to feed these families in need,” said Rev. Cardinale. “We are fortunate to have individuals, young people, companies and organizations such as Sturbridge Rotary that hold fundraisers for this growing need we face,” stressed the Reverend.
This year a new initiative was launched with the Community Food Collaborative (CFC). The CFC is a community garden in Sturbridge that is growing fresh, organic vegetables, all of which will be donated to the Food Pantry. The CFC is overseen by the Rotary Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge.
“We are committed to the Food Pantry and the great work that it does. Hunger is a real issue today and we want to do our part to help alleviate it,” noted Past-President Austin Jenkins, who with his wife Kim, organizes the Dinner Dance fundraiser each year. To date, the Sturbridge Rotary Club has raised $15,000 from the Dinner Dances for this worthy cause.