It was an emotional evening as we heard stories of need in our local community. Lisa Meunier, a nurse at Burgess Elementary School, tries to help families of Burgess kids who are having difficult times in their lives. Not only does she help with food but also finding housing, furnishings, and supplies. We provided funds to help Lisa with her humanitarian efforts, also donated to the Tri-Community Church Collaborative (TCCC) to provide turkey dinners to the local needy, and donated to the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is currently coordinating Lisa’s efforts and those of the TCCC, as well as helping other local people in need. The need for food continues to escalate each year. One of Sturbridge Rotary’s goals is to help alleviate hunger in our local communities and so far in 2016, Rotary has contributed $4,100 toward this goal.