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Food pantries see demand skyrocket

Just before 10 a.m. on a recent weekday, eight people waited for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry to open. One by one, as their numbers were called, they got a chance to “shop’’ for groceries.

Misti Jaynes picked up boxed macaroni and cheese, canned kidney beans, and bread donated by Trader Joe’s, along with ground beef and spinach from the pantry’s freezer.

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