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The Brainerd Community Food Pantry will open on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to support vulnerable residents.

The pantry, located at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, will be modeled after the Red Bank Community Pantry.

Volunteers and support from the broader Brainerd community are needed, according to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, which serves about 18 ZIP codes through its voucher and emergency food box programs. About 10% of requests are coming from the Brainerd ZIP code, 37411.

"The Brainerd Community has seen a significant increase in the need for food from its most vulnerable residents, said Bess Steverson, chairman of the advisory board. 'The time to act and come together to care for our neighbors is now."

The hope is that voucher organizations in the Brainerd area will give their voucher donations to this pantry and allow those in need to have a convenient pantry near their homes.

To make a donation or sign up to be a volunteer, visit www.brainerdfoodpantry.com.

Katherine Wilson

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