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Brewer food pantry forced to close as community need grows
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BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Many needy families near Brewer are facing hard news this week as they are going to be losing their neighborhood food pantry.

Directors of the "Brewer Christian Food Cupboard" on Center Street recently voted to dissolve it by the end of August. The pantry's been serving hundreds of families in the region for decades. Its manager Jim Roche says donations of food and money for the cupboard have been down and it can no longer afford to stay open.

The pantry is directed by eight churches near Brewer. All of them are trying to manage costs with fewer parishioners. Directors say the cost of food, building rent and utilities for the cupboard is now proving to be too much.

"The board of directors has worked very hard to explore all the operations from moving to downsizing...to going to inactive for a period and regrouping," said Roche,  "they've thought of everything and we can't see a way out.

"I mean I grocery shop but we run out of money," remarked Kim Roberts, who gets food occasionally from the cupboard, "what do ya do? I mean you have to turn to somebody but when there's nobody to turn to, you can't do nothing."

The cupboard will serve its last families on August 17. 'Manna Ministries' in Bangor is however prepared to take on more families. Its food pantry is open each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 4 in the afternoon.

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