Littleton Rotary Club Recognizes Littleton’s Pandemic Heroes

  Littleton Rotary Club

   P.O. Box 313

   Littleton, MA  01460

Littleton Rotary Club Recognizes Littleton’s Pandemic Heroes

Like all cities and towns impacted by Covid-19, Littleton has had its share of challenges.  One of those has been making sure that no one in the community goes hungry.  When the Covid-19 shutdown happened back in March, Littleton’s families with school children were now quarantined at home.  With many jobs on hold and without school meals, family budgets were stretched to the limit.

When John Overcash, the food service manager for the Littleton Public Schools, saw this, he and his food service team swung into action, setting up an emergency program to provide food to children of any family in town that needed it.  

Then, when Loaves and Fishes shut down John’s team started a volunteer food exchange at Shaker Lane School that John titled "The Little Food Pantry.”  As the shutdown continued, John learned that there were also many seniors in need. His team then expanded the children's program to include Littleton’s senior citizens.  

John and his staff are now hard at work preparing meals every Tuesday and Thursday, risking their own wellbeing by interacting with the public to hand out nutritious and filling food to any family that needs it.  His team’s goal has been to make sure no child or senior citizen goes hungry.

For this outstanding example of “Service Above Self”, (Rotary International’s motto), John Overcash and his staff: Marylou Kelly, Arlyn Modica, Michelle DeVogel, Diane Werling, Laurie Nystrom and Celeste Nelson each have been awarded Paul Harris Fellow Awards by the Littleton Rotary Club.

The Paul Harris Fellow Award was started in 1957 to recognize exceptional service to others. It is named after the founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris.  The work that John and his team are doing to help those in need in Littleton is exemplary and worthy of this high international honor.

The Littleton Rotary Club is a service club made up of men and women from the Littleton area.  The club is a member of Rotary International, one of over 34,000 clubs with over 1.2 million members, worldwide.  Rotary is dedicated to “Service Above Self” and provides volunteers and financial support to each community, each country and the world.  If you would like to learn more about Rotary, please contact Club President Steve Glines at or call 617-549-7274.

Photo Caption:  Littleton Rotary Club Past President Cheryl Hollinger presents the Paul Harris Fellow Award to John Overcash.