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Area food pantries hit hard

HARLEM VALLEY — As winter drags on, more families are facing the economic squeeze brought on by everything from heating costs to seasonal job losses. To complicate the situation, pantries in Amenia Union, Millerton and Lakeville, Conn., which rely on community donations for food and supplies are also feeling the pinch. 

The number of patrons and amount of supplies remained steady at pantries in Millbrook and Pine Plains while Amenia’s Immaculate Conception monthly pantry has seen a 50 percent drop in patrons and has a large store of available items.

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