The Dedham Food Pantry recently received $1,000 from the Foundation for MetroWest as part of a $55,000 donation given to food pantries throughout the region. According to a news release, donors hope the grant will help pantries offset increased costs due to tough economic times. “We are proud that we have been able to support the Dedham Food Pantry as they work to fulfill the growing number of requests by families to help put a balanced meal on their tables,’’ Judith Salerno, executive director of MetroWest, said in a statement. - Natalie Feulner