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Pantries feel the love

Residents come to aid of town food banks

Chip-In Executive Director Darlene Emco Rollins stocks shelves at the food pantry in Charlton Town Hall. The pantry is well stocked despite the economic downturn. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 29, 2009
CHARLTON — Chip-In food pantry has much to be thankful for this holiday season. Its shelves are brimming with food.

"Charlton is very lucky. The support has been … I cant express it enough," said Executive Director Darlene Emco Rollins.

During a bad economy when one might think people have less to give to charity, the spirit of giving toward the food pantry is alive and well. With a 20-percent increase in clients (households) over last year, Charlton residents have met the burgeoning need by donating can after can of food, according to Rollins. In total, the pantry serves 150 clients, she said.

"The more people we having coming … the more generous people are in giving to the food bank. The people in Charlton are really stepping up," she said.

Examples of that come from across the community. Sims Premier Fitness on Route 20 held a food drive for the pantry, as well as students from the Charlton Middle School, according to Rollins. Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, although not based in town, has even started donating dog food, she said.

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