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Food pantries struggle with rising need

More seniors, working families reliant on services

Schenectady Inner City Ministry volunteers Cesar Alegria and Gene Brasseau move pallets of goods from a tractor-trailer into the group's food pantry building on Albany Street in Schenectady back in February.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady Inner City Ministry volunteers Cesar Alegria and Gene Brasseau move pallets of goods from a tractor-trailer into the group's food pantry building on Albany Street in Schenectady back in February.
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The Broadalbin Ecumenical Food Pantry got its start about 30 years ago, when a couple of women bought groceries and distributed them to needy people. Today, the pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays and serves about 140 families each month. In 2011, the food pantry helped more people than ever before — 654, up from 506 the year before. “When the economy went downhill, we picked up a lot of people,” said Joan Silvernail, one ...


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