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Coordinator Cliff Fournier retires from Orange meal site 

  • Cliff Fournier, right, is retiring as the Meal Site Coordinator in Orange. At left is FCCMP executive director Andrea Leibson. —Chris Curtis

Published: 12/20/2018 10:12:10 AM
Modified: 12/20/2018 10:12:20 AM

ORANGE — Franklin County Community Meals Program’s Orange meal site is seeing some changes. FCCMP, which provides free community meals at Bethany Lutheran Church, is announcing the retirement of long-time Orange meal coordinator, Cliff Fournier. Fournier has been coordinating the meal site for more than 20 years and is a well-known fixture in North Quabbin volunteer circles. Named the 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Recorder newspaper, 87-year old Fournier has a passion for feeding people.

Hired to take on the Orange meal site coordinator position is Laurie MacDonald; MacDonald has lived in Orange since 1994 and has been volunteering at the meal site for several years. MacDonald is also well-known in the North Quabbin area, in part, for her family’s musical talents; the MacDonald Family Singers toured the U.S. for 10 years.

The FCCMP Orange meal site will continue to host free community dinners on Thursdays at Bethany Lutheran Church at 62 Cheney Street. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Dinners on Mondays will be suspended beginning in January 2019.

FCCMP is working with Mission Covenant Church, which will take ownership of the Bethany Lutheran building in 2019, to determine the best use of Bethany Lutheran and the FCCMP meal site will continue to be at Bethany Lutheran.

FCCMP welcomes the help of the community from religious, civic and school groups to provide and serve meals at all its meal sites. Those interested in providing a meal, are asked to contact executive director Andrea Leibson (fccmp.ma@gmail.com or 413-772-1033).

Franklin County Community Meals Program, a non-profit organization, has been working with the community to alleviate hunger since the 1980s. FCCMP oversees two food pantries (the Orange Food Pantry and the Greenfield Community College Pantry) and three meal sites (in Greenfield, Orange and Turners Falls).

FCCMP is a partner of the United Way of Franklin County and Community Action Pioneer Valley and is an agency of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  Additional funding comes from a variety of grants and donations by individuals and businesses.

For more information, contact FCCMP executive director Andrea Leibson.


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