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Food pantries face new challenges — and come together

Food pantries face new challenges — and come together
Gloucester Daily Times
Monday, February 21, 2011

Hamilton- A food pantry that serves Manchester and Essex families may be losing some storage room and workspace but not its spirit of serving the North Shore community...

Acord is one of dozens of pantries on Cape Ann and the North Shore surviving to support others in spite of economic or real estate setbacks. Collaborating its efforts with various pantries, Acord receives weekly drop-offs of food from the Gloucester-based The Open Door food pantry's truck and other donors.

"Most of these food pantry organizations are small, so when they band together they accomplish much more," said Dave Welbourn, executive director of Essex County Community Foundation, which supporting nonprofit organizations with grants, strategic planning and fundraising. "The coming together is largely an efficiency improvement. It's easier to raise money, get supplies and so on." Read article...

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