hand with sandwich“Nancy Rockwell adds yet another name to her spiral-bound notebook as volunteers scramble in the back, pulling cans of vegetables and boxes of pasta off shelves and sorting them into bags.

It’s Thursday, one of the busiest days at Doors for Hope, a thrift shop and food pantry in West Sand Lake that’s changed names in recent years but has helped feed its Rensselaer County neighbors for nearly four decades. Today, they pack bags of food for a man who’s new to the pantry and waits quietly in the background.

He and his family of five were homeless until last week. Someone had to give him a ride in.

Like many of the area’s food pantries—as the recession drags on and the unemployment rate sits at a startling 10 percent—the need is greater than ever.“ (Times Union)

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