Concert  benefits local food pantry

The Temple Town Hall was alive with music on Saturday night, with residents pouring in to listen to a concert featuring the folk duo Neptune’s Car and local singer-songwriter Tom Rousseau from Temple. The cost of a ticket was whatever they could give in support of one of the town’s best resources for those in need: St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry at the Sacred Heart Church in Greenville.

The Souhegan Lions Club organized the concert as a benefit for the pantry,

“The people of Temple have been so good to the pantry,” said Maureen Stenuis, president of the food pantry. “We are what we are due to them and organizations like the Lions and the Congregational Church.”

The crowd wasn’t huge on Saturday, but they were generous, said Stenuis. By the end of the night, the pantry had received $600 in monetary donations and 190 pieces of non-perishable goods.

The cash will pay for almost $6,000 worth of food purchased from local food banks, said Stenuis, and provide about 1,200 meals for residents in Greenville, Temple, Mason and New Ipswich.

Donations to the St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry can be mailed to P.O. Box 171, New Ipswich, 03071. Food donations can be brought to the office at the Sacred Heart Church in Greenville.

— by Ashley Saari

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