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Radiothon offers food for thought

Nancy Fournier holds onto boxes of donations with the Easter Bunny during Thursday’s Food Share radiothon. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
April 04, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Once again, the annual Food Share Radiothon collected more money than ever — despite a bad economy.

"It always comes in crazy at the end," said pantry President Ray Fournier, adding that the total haul was $24,525. "To reach that kind of money takes a lot of support from the community. … I want to give the biggest thank you to anyone who did anything in any way to make this happen."

That haul happened despite Fournier's prediction, at about 2 p.m., the total would be just $18,000 to $20,000, which was even lower than last year's tally. The extra funds, he said, will allow the pantry to expand how often people can use its services — six times a year this year, instead of five.

"A couple years ago, we limited it to just three times a year, but in this economy, I don't think that's enough," he said.

As with almost every year (this was the 31st), a key supporter was WESO-AM 970, which donated its daylight hours and advertising revenue for the day to the cause.

"When I was told about Food Share, it was presented as a quasi-statement and question-mark, as, 'You will continue this?'" said the station's new manager, Joe Mangiacotti. "Of course. This is the epitome of community radio. This is us taking care of ourselves, so we're happy to turn our station over to Food Share."

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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