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'This year we've been really lucky'

Outpouring from community benefits food pantry

Chip-In volunteer Tom Coleman and Executive Director Darlene Emco Rollins pause from their hard work preparing holiday baskets last week, standing in front of shelves that are brimming with food thanks to the community’s efforts to feed those in need this season. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
December 12, 2011
CHARLTON — Looking around at the shelves at the Chip-In Food Pantry, overflowing with boxed and canned food, Darlene Emco Rollins smiled.

"Christmas is going be good this year," said Rollins, the pantry's volunteer executive director.

But she wasn't always so sure.

A couple of months ago, when the number of families registered at Chip-In jumped considerably, Rollins said she worried about the pantry's ability to serve them all.

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

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